Sex in politics is simply not a very hot topic for many Europeans, as opposed to America, where various double standards about sexuality exist. In Europe, by and large, people presume not only that sexuality is a fact of life, but that it is a private matter. Your average person says, come on, let's get to the things important to politics, rather than wallow vicariously in the personal sex lives of selected politicians.
In Italy, Berlusconi's sexual escapades have probably made him more popular than ever with many Italians, who identify positively with the sexual potency of their Prime Minister at his advanced age (74).
A poll in Italy suggests that the sex trial will not have any significant impact on Berlusconi's political fortunes: As Christopher Emsden of the Dow Jones Newswires reports at the Wall Street Journal online in Disgruntled Italians Say Berlusconi Scandal Won't Matter-Poll:
"... 26% of Italians ... think the whole affair is inconsequential and will be forgotten within a few days, and ... 24% ... say they expect the claims to boomerang against the cheering opposition and lead Berlusconi to win more votes in the future, according to IPSOS. "