Fine Gael: Support for Taoiseach at 65pc while party's still riding high
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Fine Gael are riding high at record levels in the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll, writes Fionnan Sheahan.
In stark contrast to his performance a year ago when he was lagging behind Fine Gael's support, Mr Kenny's performance gets the thumbs up from 65pc of voters.
Fine Gael got 36pc of the vote in the 2011 General Election, winning 76 seats.
After a dream start to his Government's term in office, support for Mr Kenny's party has now risen to 42pc.
If Fine Gael had got that result in the election, the party would have won an overall majority in the new Dail.
Fine Gael has retained a solid 86pc of its vote from the general election and drawn the rest of its current support from the other parties.
Fine Gael is already the biggest party at local, European and national level and is now looking to add the Presidency to its clean sweep of election victories.
Only a year ago, Mr Kenny survived a leadership heave from senior party figures, including now Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton.
Mr Kenny and Fine Gael have never looked back from those tumultuous days of June 2010.
But the party still has to go through a tough Budget and face the challenge of a difficult term in office with spending cutbacks and tax hikes to come.