Saturday 21 April 2018

Labour: Gilmore up 11pc as Labour fights off attacks from its left

THEY have not won over any more hearts and minds, but the junior coalition party will be pretty happy with the findings of the first poll on its 100 days in office, writes Shane Doran.

As the Greens recently discovered, it is not easy for the smaller party in government to push ahead with unpopular measures without alienating its grassroots supporters.

While short on tangible achievements, Labour cabinet heavyweights -- such as Joan Burton, Ruairi Quinn, Brendan Howlin and Pat Rabbitte -- have maintained their high public profiles in government.

Tanaiste and party leader Eamon Gilmore's popularity has jumped by no fewer than 11 points to 53pc since our poll on the eve of the last general election.

In government, Labour has found itself under constant attack from its left-leaning rivals in the Dail. But on these poll results, the attacks from Sinn Fein and a number of newly elected Independent TDs have failed to fire up the public.

Support for Labour has increased by one point to 30pc in Dublin, consolidating its position as the most popular party in the capital. It remains at 21pc in the rest of Leinster.

However, the party has made no inroads outside its powerbase in the Pale.

In Munster, support for the party dropped by five points to just 12pc, with a slight one-point increase in Connacht/Ulster to 11pc.

Irish Independent

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