Greens: Party faces fight to avoid poll wipeout
Published 02/02/2011 | 05:00
THE Green Party is facing wipeout in the polls.
Voters look set to exact revenge on the former junior government party in the forthcoming election, with just 1pc of those surveyed in today's Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne survey indicating they will vote Green this time around.
Embattled leader John Gormley is also the most unpopular of all the party leaders, with just 14pc of the population satisfied with his performance -- a drop of three points since last weekend's poll.
Mr Gormley last night claimed the forthcoming election will be one full of false promises and false hope from opposition parties.
The party leader, who is in danger of losing his seat in Dublin South East, stressed the need for the party's six TDs to be returned to the Dail.
"I believe that if we get a huge majority of Fine Gael and Labour, complacency will set in and you won't get the sort of reform that's required," Mr Gormley claimed.
But the poll results indicate this is wishful thinking on Mr Gormley's part. With support for the Greens now at just 1pc -- all of the party's Dail deputies face a losing battle to hang on to their Dail seats.
Mr Gormley said the Greens would make political reform their major policy area.