Exit polls following the Italian referendum on constitutional reform appear to show Prime Minister Matteo Renzi heading for a heavy defeat. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will probably be heavily defeated in the referendum over his plan to reform the constitution, according to exit polls released on Sunday evening. Renzi, who said he would resign if Italians rejected his plan to reduce the role of the upper house Senate and claw back powers from regional authorities, is due to address the nation at around midnight . An exit poll by the Piepoli Institute/IPR for state television station RAI, estimated those voting 'Yes' to back the reform at 42-45 percent, compared with 55-58 percent for 'No'. Polls by Tecne' for privately owned TV channel Mediaset, by EMG Acqua for La 7 and Quorum for Sky Italia, all gave 'No' a similar lead of at least 10 points. Voting ended at 11 p.m.