Voters divided on need for a general election
VOTERS are split about whether the time is right for a general election, according to last night's opinion poll.
While 49pc are in favour of an election right away, that is almost matched by 47pc of people who are opposed.
Unsurprisingly, Labour supporters are the most enthusiastic about holding an election now, with 60pc giving it their support.
Fine Gael supporters come second in their enthusiasm on 58pc, followed by Sinn Fein on 55pc.
Predictably, Fianna Fail supporters are least enthusiastic. Only 22pc said a general election should be held at once.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen remains adamant there will be no election until 2012. That position is supported by the Greens.
But with the Government's Dail voting majority narrowing all the time and with four Fianna Fail TDs now having resigned the party whip, Mr Cowen's bid to remain in power until 2012 will become tougher.