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Saturday 23 August 2014

Poll of polls: Government parties in freefall

Published 21/05/2014 | 07:21

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said more details on water charges will be released within weeks. Photo: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins

THERE IS little good news for Taoiseach Enda Kenny or Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore in a new poll, which predicts a significant fall in support for the two government parties.

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The poll of polls was prepared for RTE, and is based on a number of opinion polls that have been published during the lead-up to the local and European elections on Friday.

And it makes for grim reading for the government parties.

Compared to the 2011 General Election result, it shows Fine Gael could lose up to one third of its support, while Labour could lose up to two-thirds this weekend.

RTE got the information through polls which have been published by the biggest polling firms during the campaign.

The poll of polls for RTÉ on the national "state of the parties" based on a sample of over 5,000 shows Fine Gael at 24pc, down 12 points since the general election.

Labour is on 7pc, also down 12; Fianna Fáil is on 22pc, up five; Sinn Féin on 22pc up 12 and Independents and Others are on 26pc, up eight.

A second poll of polls, based on a sample of over 9,000, compares national European election voting intentions with the 2009 European election results.

It also shows a fall-off for the government parties – but is not quite as dispiriting for them.

It shows Fine Gael at 26pc, down three since 2009; Labour is at 7pc, down seven; Fianna Fáil is on 23pc, down one; Sinn Féin is at 17pc, up six and Independents and Others are at 27pc, up five.

The polls were prepared by Professor Michael Marsh of Trinity College Dublin with the co-operation of polling companies, Millward Brown; IPSOS/MRBI; Red C and Behaviour and Attitudes.

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