Backlash pushes party down to 15pc
THE Labour Party is bearing the brunt of a voter backlash since the last general election, an Irish Independent Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll shows.
Labour is down four points to 15pc, although the party might feel this is an acceptable drop after a difficult first 15 months in government.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is the least popular leader.
He has the lowest satisfaction rating at 33pc and the highest dissatisfaction rating of 56pc.
A key concern for Labour is the movement of one in four of its voters since the general election to either Sinn Fein or Independents.
Mr Gilmore would lose a significant number of seats if the poll results were replicated in a general election scenario.
The party is at its strongest in Dublin on 19pc, followed by Munster at 17pc, the rest of Leinster on 16pc and a measly five per cent in Connacht-Ulster.
On the plus side President Michael D Higgins, Labour's candidate in the presidential election, enjoys a satisfaction rating of 76pc.