CNN PRODUCER NOTE Italian magazine journalist rcartledge polled friends and contacts for their views on the upcoming Italian elections, finding a breadth of views and a considerable dose of cynicism that anything will change. Some had left their home country to find work in the UK, decrying the state of the Italian economy, which has rapidly become a key issue in the nation's election campaign. The country goes to the polls on Sunday and Monday. Read more about the key issues in the elections on CNN.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer