FF support drops sharply in new poll
FIANNA FAIL has seen its poll ratings drop sharply as the party reels from the fallout over the Anglo Tapes.
A new poll has seen the party shed four points in a month, with Fine Gael overtaking it to retain the position of single most popular party in the country.
Fianna Fail is down from 26pc to 22pc, while Fine Gael is up from 26pc to 28pc, and back on top after a period when they were neck and neck.
There were no changes in the ratings for Sinn Fein (17pc), Labour (12pc) or Independents (21pc).
The poll by Red C for the 'Sunday Business Post' was conducted among 1,000 voters last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when the Anglo Tapes had just been published by the Irish Independent.
Another Red C poll two weeks ago for bookmaker Paddy Power also showed a drop in Fianna Fail support, and followed controversy over Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness.
However, when compared, the two polls show Fine Gael's figures took a hit after Taoiseach Enda Kenny's criticism of Fianna Fail in the wake of the tapes.
Another poll, by Behaviour and Attitude (B&A) for the 'Sunday Times', is largely unchanged from the last comparable survey last month.
But it also shows Fine Gael out in front on 27pc, Fianna Fail second on 24pc, Sinn Fein up one to 16pc, Labour unchanged on 7pc, with Independents down two to 23pc and the Green Party up one on 3pc.
The B&A poll was taken over a longer period than the RED C survey, and ended last Monday – just as the Anglo Tapes were published.