Saturday 3 December 2016

Election 2016 final countdown begins... and country's latest poll shows coalition party support fails to rise

Increase in support for Fianna Fáil, its leader Micheál Martin and Independents

Published 22/02/2016 | 07:10

Both Michael McGrath and Micheál Martin are looking very secure Photo: Tom Burke
Both Michael McGrath and Micheál Martin are looking very secure Photo: Tom Burke

The country's latest opinion poll has shown that an indecisive result for Election 2016 is now a possibility.

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The IPSOS-MRBI poll in this morning's Irish Times shows a drop in support for Labour and Sinn Féin, with Fianna Fáil and Independents improving their position.

This indicates the odds of a hung Dáil are rising.

The poll shows no change in Fine Gael support since the General Election Campaign 2016 begun.

In more unsatisfactory news for the Government parties, the poll also indicates a drop in Labour Party support to just 6pc.

Opposition party Fianna Fáil has gained support since the start of the campaign and Micheál Martin now has the highest satisfaction rating of any party leader.

Sinn Féin are down 4pc to 15 points and Independents and others are up 3 to 28pc.

The survey was conducted last Friday and Saturday among a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and was carried out in face- to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies.

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