Thursday 21 September 2017

Coalition could have used Budget to stamp identity on voters... but it failed

FF members strongly back leader as FG takes the flak for being the lead party in government

43pc of those polled expressed satisfaction with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin's performance Photo: Gerry Mooney
43pc of those polled expressed satisfaction with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin's performance Photo: Gerry Mooney

Paul Moran

And so the phoney war continues. This latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll, which was conducted over 12 days that coincided with the introduction of the Budget, in some ways reflects that Budget - it is quite flat.

Reaction to that Budget was relatively muted (not surprising given that there was nothing of real note announced on the day that hadn't been flagged well in advance). Similarly, this poll throws up no ground-shaking headlines. But there are some notable dynamics to be observed.

First off, the main results. Support for all the parties has remained generally consistent. Fine Gael has slipped one point, with Fianna Fail and Labour up one. Sinn Fein remains unchanged. Nothing to get overly excited about (unless, of course, you are a supporter of Labour).

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