Monday 27 February 2017

Fall in support for Independents, while main parties benefit

Most people believe the Government will last two years, but Brexit fallout could prolong its life, writes Paul Moran

Paul Moran

'Sinn Fein is a party that often flatters to deceive when there is no election.' Photo: Tom Burke
'Sinn Fein is a party that often flatters to deceive when there is no election.' Photo: Tom Burke

This Millward Brown Poll, conducted over 12 days up until last Thursday, is our first since the General Election. It is therefore our first measurement of public opinion since the tortuous period of government formation.

Interviewing also coincided with the lead-up and aftermath of the UK Brexit referendum - a result that undoubtedly has huge ramifications for Ireland, and this poll identifies some of them.

First off, the state of the parties. Compared with the General Election result, there has been some movement of late. Fine Gael will be relieved to see some momentum upwards in support since its disastrous General Election performance. It now stands at 30pc, up four points from February's national vote. Fianna Fail has also improved its position since then, albeit by a more modest 2pc to 26pc.

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