People 'would prefer coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and Independents' - new poll
THE majority of people would favour a coalition made up of Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Independents after the General Election, a new opinion poll has found.
Labour has got its first boost in support since the Budget but is still faltering on 9pc nationally, although satisfaction with Tánaiste Joan Burton’s performance has dropped.
Their partners in government Fine Gael are down three points to 28pc.
Overall Fianna Fáil are the second most popular party with 20pc of first preference votes, followed by Sinn Féin on 18pc.
Independents and others stand on 25pc. The Red C poll for Paddy Power broke down this category to show independent candidates are on 15pc. Some 2pc of this is attributed towards the Independent Alliance candidates. PBP-AAA secure 4pc, Social Democrats 3pc, Greens 2pc and Renua Ireland 1pc.
The poll also asked people their preferred coalition after the election.
A combination of Fine Gael, Labour and independent was the top choice for 26pc, followed by a Fine Gael and Fianna Fail coalition on 19pc.
Re-electing the current team of Fine Gael and Labour trailed in third on 17pc, followed by Fine Gael and Sinn Féin on 15pc/
The idea of a Fianna Fáil with Sinn Féin coalition has dominated headlines in recent days after Gerry Adams left the door open to doing business with Micheál Martin. However, this idea is supported by just 9pc of voters.
Red C interviewed a random sample of 1,016 adults by telephone between November 30 and December 2.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the most popular party leader on 39pc (+1pc), while Mr Martin is up to two to 26pc.
Labour Party leader Joan Burton is down two points to 33pc, but remains of ahead of Mr Adams who is static of 30pc.