Michael D a popular choice of party and public
MICHAEL D Higgins was the clear choice of the Labour Party delegates to be their presidential candidate, writes Fionnan Sheahan.
And the party's choice appears to have resonated strongly with the public, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll has revealed.
The former arts minister was streets ahead of his competitors in the race for the Labour nomination.
Although it's merely an academic argument at this stage as Mr Higgins was selected on Sunday, when asked to pick the candidate best positioned to win the Presidency for Labour he still came out on top with the public.
Of the three candidates who were in the hunt Mr Higgins received 47pc support, former party spindoctor Fergus Finlay got 15pc and former senator Kathleen O'Meara just 9pc.
But almost one in three people polled didn't like the options as 11pc said 'none of these' and 18pc said they 'don't know'.
Mr Higgins wanted to run for the Presidency seven years ago, but the Labour leadership decided not to contest the election, paving the way for President Mary McAleese to be elected unopposed.