Friday 24 March 2017

Surge in support for independents continues in new poll

Deputy Roisin Shortall, Deputy Catherine Murphy and Deputy Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Social Democrats
Deputy Roisin Shortall, Deputy Catherine Murphy and Deputy Stephen Donnelly at the launch of the Social Democrats
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

THE surge in support for Independents is showing no sign of abating with almost a third of the electorate now saying they will vote for candidates who are not from the established political parties in the upcoming General Election.

Independents are up four points to 31pc, according to the new poll.

Fine Gael is down three points to 25pc, while Labour is up a point to 8pc

Fianna Fáil is down two to 18pc and Sinn Féin is unchanged also at 18pc.

A further breakdown of the Independent vote in the Sunday Business Post/Red C poll shows the newly formed Social Democrats and the Green Party have 2pc of the vote.

Lucinda Creighton’s Renua and People Before Profit are both on 1pc.

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