Tuesday 25 October 2016

Fine Gael support drops massive five points - poll

Published 01/08/2015 | 20:47

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fine Gael is haemorrhaging voters with just months to go before the next general election, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s party has dropped a massive five points to 24pc and is now just a single point ahead of Fianna Fáil which remains unchanged at 23pc.

The Labour Party is up a point to 7pc – meaning the Coalition has nowhere near enough votes to form a future Government based on the poll results.

Sinn Fein is also unchanged at 21pc suggesting the party’s rise in the poll during the child sex abuse scandals has stagnated.

Independents/other are up four points to 24pc showing voters are still moving away from the establishment parties in favour new political offerings.

A breakdown of the Independent/other vote shows the Socialist Party at 2pc and People Before Profit at 1pc.

The Green Party, which is not included in Independents, are at 1pc.

Lucinda Creighton’s Renua is also at 1pc in the poll, and the newly formed Social Democrats has 0.5pc of the vote.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s satisfaction rating has dropped seven points to 25pc, and Tánaiste Joan Burton is down six points to 20pc.

Fianna Fail leader Michéal Martin is the most popular party leader but is still down four points to 32pc.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams is unchanged at 30pc and Renua leader Ms Creighton is down six points to 16pc.

Just a quarter (25pc) of those polled are satisfied with the Government and this is a drop of four points on the last poll.

A little more than a quarter of people (27pc) believe the current Government will win a second term in office but this up 11 points.

Pollsters interviewed 976 people at 64 sampling points across the country between July 19 and 30. The margin of error for the poll +/- 3.1pc.

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