Friday 22 September 2017

FG and Kenny remain popular despite blows

FINE Gael isn't suffering quite as badly from its time in Government as its coalition partners in the Labour Party, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll shows.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny's party is down from the general election but still remains the best supported in the country, enjoying double the support of any other competitor in the political market. And Mr Kenny is still the most popular party leader, although the halcyon days of the honeymoon period a year ago after the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama are a distant memory.

Fine Gael is now on 34pc, a 2pc drop since the general election.

The controversies over the household charge and the introduction of a property tax and water charges have damaged the party, but not by a whole lot.

Fine Gael is at its strongest in Connacht-Ulster on 36pc, followed by Munster on 35pc, Dublin on 34pc and the rest of Leinster on 31pc.

The party is in command in each area of the country.

Mr Kenny's satisfaction rating is at 42pc, with 52pc dissatisfied with his performance.

While his performance is deteriorating in the eyes of the public, he remains the most popular leader.

Irish Independent

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