Wednesday 22 November 2017

FF heading for its worst result at polls

Shane Doran

FIANNA Fail is facing a general election meltdown, the latest Irish Independent/MIllward Brown Lansdowne polls confirms.

The party faces a massive election backlash from angry voters at the ballot box on Friday.

Support for Fianna Fail has dropped by two points to just 14pc since a similar weekend poll.

The poll results appear to dash any hopes Fianna Fail had of making up ground on Labour and new leader Micheal Martin must be fearing the worst with just two days to go before the election.

Mr Martin has failed to inspire a Fianna Fail fightback over the course of the election campaign, despite his own high personal satisfaction rating.

He is currently the most popular of all the party leaders, with 46pc of those polled happy with his performance since taking the reins from his predecessor, Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

But Mr Martin's own popularity has failed to lift his embattled party out of the doldrums.

Despite his apologies, proposed reforms or justifications for what has happened to the economy, the poll clearly indicates the electorate is not in a forgiving mood and Fianna Fail is firmly on course for its worst performance ever in a general election.

Most worrying for Mr Martin, the task of rebuilding the party will be a far greater challenge as it faces the nightmare scenario of losing up to two-thirds of its seats in the Dail.

The challenge will be greatest in the capital, where Fianna Fail is polling just 10pc of the vote.

Over the course of the election, Mr Martin has found himself being dragged into a dogfight with Sinn Fein, which at one stage threatened to overtake Fianna Fail as the third most popular party in the polls.

Fianna Fail is three points ahead of Sinn Fein as the election looms, but the poll finding that both parties are rated the least trustworthy in their ability to deal with the issues will make painful reading for Mr Martin.

Irish Independent

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