Fianna Fáil likely to flounder in election as poll tells tale of a big rural swing to Fine Gael
Rural voters have abandoned Fianna Fáil with many former supporters switching directly to Fine Gael, an election poll carried out by the Farming Independent has found.
The survey of rural voter intentions showed that just 16pc of respondents would give their first preference vote to Fianna Fáil in the upcoming election, compared to 38pc who indicated their vote would be going to Fine Gael.
There was strong backing for independents, with 8pc indicating that they would give their first preference to a non-party candidate.
Support for the Labour Party stood at 6pc, Sinn Fein was on 5pc, while the Green Party came in with 1pc.
A further 18pc of those surveyed said they had not yet decided who to vote for on February 25, while 8pc claimed they would not vote.
The survey was carried out at the Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown, Co Kildare over the weekend, with 436 people polled.
The one positive for Fianna Fáil was the number of undecided voters. Almost two-thirds of the 'don't knows' -- or 12pc of the total sample -- were former Fianna Fáil voters who had supported the party in the 2007 election.