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Fine Gael on course to remain biggest party in State but coalition will struggle to get re-elected – poll

Published 26/11/2015 | 07:15

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

IT’S mixed news for the government in the latest opinion poll, as Fine Gael hit the 30pc mark for third consecutive poll but Labour’s woes continue.

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Fine Gael are up 2pc to 30pc in the latest Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times, the third consecutive poll that the party has hit 30pc or more.

The 30pc threshold is understood to be the party’s target for the General Election.

However it appears unlikely the coalition will win a second term without the support of Independents, as Labour’s support falls 1pc to 7pc – giving the coalition parties a combined 37pc support.

In a further boost for Fine Gael, Enda Kenny is the most popular party leader in the country with a 33pc approval rating.

The result could ease concerns among party strategists about Enda Kenny’s role in the upcoming election.

Gerry Adams is the second most popular leader on 30pc, while Sinn Fein’s support is up 2pc to 21pc.

Fianna Fail support has dropped 1pc to 19pc while Micheal Martin’s approval rating is down 1pc to 29pc.

Support for Independents and the smaller parties is down 2pc to 23pc. 

Voters who supported Independents and smaller parties were also questioned on how they would vote.

The Shane Ross-led Independent Coalition was on 3pc, while the Green Party, Renua, Social Democrats and the Anti-Austerity Alliance were all on 2pc each.

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