Gaybo tops new Presidential poll but Norris still favourite
Gay Bryne is the people’s choice for President even though he hasn’t yet officially entered the race.
A new Red C poll commissioned by Paddy Power has the broadcaster at 28pc of first preferences.
However, Almost 40pc also said that they would have voted for Senator David Norris, who withdrew from the race last week.
Respondents were asked to rank a panel of seven prospective candidates for the presidency - Gay Byrne, Brian Crowley, Mary Davis, Sean Gallagher, Michael D Higgins, Gay Mitchell and Dana Rosemary Scallon.
With 28pc of first preferences, and showing strong support with young people and women, Gay Byrne comfortably tops this poll.
Next is Labour’s Michael D Higgins at 21pc.
He is followed at 13pc by Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell who polled strongly in Dublin.
Also at 13pc is Fianna Fáil's Brian Crowley who scores high in Munster, and who has expressed his interest in mounting a bid for the Áras.
Independent candidate Sean Gallagher is on 12pc, while independent Mary Davis is at 7pc - a point ahead of Dana Rosemary Scallon, who is rumoured to be considering entering the race.
Red C interviewed 1,000 people between Monday and Wednesday of this week.