FF and Greens would bleed seats if election held today
Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00
FIANNA Fail and the Greens are set to haemorrhage seats in the next election after an opinion poll last night revealed their unpopularity is deepening.
Crucially for the Greens, who retain close links with their membership, the opinion poll found that 79pc of their supporters were dissatisfied with the Government. This could now put pressure on the party leadership to reassess their role in Government.
Having commanded almost 42pc support in the last election, Fianna Fail is now only attracting 22pc support -- leaving many Fianna Fail ministers and backbenchers in major danger of losing their seats.
Fianna Fail's support levels have dropped by five points to 22pc in last night's TV3/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll when compared with the results from the Irish Independent's poll in February.
Since then, the Government has pumped more money into the banks, seen the cost of borrowing rocket and implemented major cutbacks.
But despite its falling support, Fianna Fail may be encouraged to have maintained 22pc as this is what it has been commanding in opinion polls since February.
The Greens have seen their support fall to just 2pc, from almost 5pc in the last election.