FG's contrasting poll fortunes
The political parties will examine the findings of today's Irish Independent/ Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll with varying degrees of dismay and relief but, in Fine Gael's case at least, the word that springs to mind is perplexity. The party's support has soared to new highs, but the leader who has worked harder than most to revive its fortunes in recent years has slumped even further in the popularity stakes. It is as though the electorate is saying, let Fine Gael lead a government, but not with Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
The trend must be both baffling and hurtful for the man who so recently sought and won an endorsement of his leadership amid warnings from within his party that, if he failed to raise his act, there would be "consequences".
His public dissatisfaction rating is at its highest since he became party leader.