Tuesday 25 April 2017

Exclusive poll: Grand Coalition or another election? - the country is split on that too

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is surrounded by well wishers at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is surrounded by well wishers at the count centre at City Hall, Cork. Photo: Tony Gavin
Enda Kenny in Castlebar. Picture; Gerry Mooney 27/2/16
Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton. Photo: Tom Burke

Geraldine Gittens

The current government has given voters no indication as to what their next move will be in attempts to form a coalition, and it seems that voters are split on predicting the country's immediate political future too.

In an independent.ie readers’ poll of more than 5,000 people, 42pc of responders (or 1,961 people) said they believe the next government will be a 'Grand Coalition' between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

However, some 40pc of voters (or 1903 people) believe another election will be called.

So the country is also split on this issue.

Just 18pc of voters (or 850 people) believe that a minority government will be the result of this year’s election.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin expects his party to win more than 40 seats, while Fine Gael looks set to lose close to 20 seats and win around 50 seats.

Some 18 constituencies have completed counting. Some count centres restart at 9am, some at 10am, some at 11am.

91 of the 158 seats have been filled - Fine Gael 27, Labour 3, Fianna Fáil 27, Sinn Féin 12, Anti-Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit 4, Renua 0, Social Democrats 3, Green Party 1, Independent Alliance 4, Independents 10, Others 0.

Time will tell what's in store for the Irish public and politicians alike...

You can cast your vote at the bottom of this article

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