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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fianna Fail: Voters still not willing to forgive and forget

Shane Doran

VOTERS are clearly in no mood to forgive Fianna Fail.

Today's Irish Independent/ Millward Brown Lansdowne poll reveals support for the party is languishing at 16pc -- a point less than its disastrous general election result last February.

The party has failed to capitalise on the Government's inability to deliver on virtually all of its pre-election promises.

Leader Micheal Martin's satisfaction rating remains static at 46pc since our last opinion poll on the eve of the last election.

Mr Martin is in serious danger of achieving the dubious distinction of being the first Fianna Fail leader who failed to become Taoiseach.

Challenge

Public dissatisfaction with Mr Martin has dropped from 45pc to 38pc, but this will come as little comfort to the Fianna Fail leader.

The poll findings highlight the extent of the challenge facing Mr Martin as he attempts to rejuvenate his party.

The party will also view its disastrous showing in the capital -- where support has dropped by another point to just 9pc -- with alarm.

Fianna Fail will struggle to regain its sole seat in Dublin -- even if a family member of the recently deceased Brian Lenihan, such as his brother Conor, was to emerge as the candidate.

Fianna Fail could also find itself fighting a rearguard battle to prevent Sinn Fein, whose support has increased marginally -- overtaking it as the most popular party in opposition.

Irish Independent

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