Sunday 17 December 2017

Coalition support slips as 64 pc of voters want new Government, poll shows

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Tanaiste Joan Burton TD following the dissolution of the Dáil Credit: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Tanaiste Joan Burton TD following the dissolution of the Dáil Credit: Collins

David Kearns

The latest opinion poll of the general election brings disappointing news for the Government as 63 pc of voters want to see an end to the Coalition.

Asked whether they would prefer to see the current government remain or if a change was needed, only 30 pc surveyed as part of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll said they would be happy to see the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition re-elected.

Also worrying, the poll reveals that only 57 pc of Labour supporters want to see the party continuing to govern alongside its current coalition partner.

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Some 84 per cent of Fine Gael supporters however are happy to see the Government re-elected, while, despite the desire for a change in government, some 64 pc of people believe Fine Gael will remain in power in some combination after the election.

Based on previous opinion polls, the combined vote for the Coalition is well blow the level needed to be sure of securing a second successive term following February 26th’s general election. 

Still, some 42 pc of voters said it was likely that Fine Gael and Labour would be returned to power, either on their own or with the support of others.

Another 22 pc said it was likely that Fine Gael would be involved in some other coalition combination, thought less than 10 pc believe this will be with Fianna Fáil.

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Unsurprisingly the poll reveals that supporters for the Opposition and Independents wanted to see a change in government.

Aside from those in the AB category, all other social categories expressed a preference for change.

In spite of these desire however, only 12 pc thought an alternative coalition of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin was a likely.

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Belief in such an outcome was stronger in Sinn Féin voters, with 39 pc saying it was likely, while just 12 pc of Fianna Fáil voters thought the same.

The survey was conducted earlier this week and sampled the opinion of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over from across the country.

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