A flood of votes for “The culture primaries”, launched online by the FAI – Italian Environmental Fund – on 7 January 2013. The opportunity to indicate priorities and select issues to submit to the candidates at the forthcoming political elections was widely appreciated and attracted a strong response and participation.

More than one hundred thousand votes were cast (101,993 to be precise) during the 21-day online voting period, subdivided among 15 proposed issues. The primaries were a major popular campaign highlighting the need for concrete solutions in the areas of culture, the countryside, the environment, tourism, education, communities, conservation of Italy’s arts heritage.

The majority of voters were women (61.5{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622}), with a strong turnout among young people between the ages of 20 and 30 (22.5{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622} of the total). The Top Five issues that received the largest number of online votes were funding for culture (17.5{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622} of votes), protection of the land (14.9{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622}), territorial safety (9.5{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622}), promotion of agriculture (8.8{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622}), the right to education and the duty to fund it (7.8{f94e4705dd4b92c5eea9efac2f517841c0e94ef186bd3a34efec40b3a1787622}).