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Budget bounce for Fine Gael as support at highest level in three years

Published 24/10/2015 | 18:15

Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny
Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny

Fine Gael have seen their support increase to 30pc, their highest rating since October 2012, a new opinion poll reveals.

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In the first major poll taken since Budget 2016, Enda Kenny’s party have seen their poll rating increase by 2 points from 28pc, and are now at their target base support level for the General Election.

However, support for their Coalition partners Labour has slumped by three points and they are now back at just 7pc.

This will be a disappointment for Tanaiste Joan Burton who was seen to have delivered a “Labour Budget” and also forcing Mr Kenny to abandon the idea of an early election.

Fianna Fail are also up two  points to 20, which is an important milestone for the party, while support for Sinn Fein is unchanged at 16pc.

The poll, conducted by Red C for the Sunday Business Post, shows that supports for Independents and others is at 27pc, down 1 point.

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