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Independents' support levels don’t always translate into seats

Adrian Kavanagh

Published 14/06/2015 | 02:30

Catherine Murphy TD
Catherine Murphy TD

Support levels in polls for the Independents and Others grouping over the past year have stood at levels well above those won by this grouping at the 2011 General Election, although there has been some slippage over recent months.

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But trying to tease out how this increased support level might translate into Dail seat levels is harder to do than for the four larger parties.

The very diverse nature of this grouping means that support levels do not usually translate as neatly into seat gains as would be the case with parties such as Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

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