Tuesday 6 December 2016

Support for Independents plummets after General Election

Poll to put renewed pressure on Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to enter talks on forming government

Published 12/03/2016 | 18:17

Enda Kenny (left) was warned by his party to ‘tread carefully’ in any talks with Fianna Fail’s
Micheal Martin (PA)
Enda Kenny (left) was warned by his party to ‘tread carefully’ in any talks with Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin (PA)
Michael Healy-Rae thanks his supporters from the bonnet of his jeep with brother Danny and Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae. Photo: Frank McGrath

Support for Independent TDs has plummeted significantly in the first opinion polls since the General Election.

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However, the drop in support has solidified the standing of some smaller parties.

The poll will also put renewed pressure on Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to enter talks on forming a government as both parties have seen their support rise slightly since the election.

Fine Gael is up a point to 27pc and Fianna Fail’s support has increased by the same about to 25pc.

The Civil War rivals now hold 52pc of the national vote as government talks are set to intensify in the coming weeks.

Sinn Féin is also up a point since the election and is now at 15pc.

Michael Healy-Rae thanks his supporters from the bonnet of his jeep with brother Danny and Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae. Photo: Frank McGrath
Michael Healy-Rae thanks his supporters from the bonnet of his jeep with brother Danny and Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae. Photo: Frank McGrath

However, the demise of the Labour Party continues and Joan Burton’s party has dropped a further three points to just 4pc.

Independent TDs, linked to no party, have dropped a massive four points to 9pc.

The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll will mean the prospect of another general election will strike fear in Independent TDs.

However, small parties formed in recent years will be buoyed by the results with the Social Democrats the big winner rising two points to 5pc.

Independent Alliance support is up one point to 4pc despite Shane Ross’s controversial comments about Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny being a 'political corpse'.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People before Profit Alliance is unchanged at 4pc as is the Green Party at 3pc.

Despite not electing any TDs, Renua remains at 2pc.

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