Thursday 15 November 2018

Michael D heads presidential poll but 33pc yet to decide reporters

Labour’s Michael D. Higgins is ahead of the other three candidates in the latest poll of presidential candidates.

He came out ahead with 36pc of the vote, with Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell at 24pc and followed by Independents Sean Gallagher at 21pc and Mary Davis at 19pc in the Paddy Power Red C poll.

It found that 63pc of people here think it is important for Ireland to have an elected President, however some 33pc of voters currently do not know who they would vote for, suggesting there is room for another candidate to enter the race.

The poll was conducted in the first three days of this week.

Asked about debt forgiveness, 84pc said the State should provide some form of it, with the largest proportion 54pc saying this should be strictly based on means testing of ability to pay.

The last Red C poll in August when speculation was rife about Gay Byrne’s entry into the race, saw him top the poll of seven candidates with 28pc first preferences.

At that time Michael D. Higgins got 21pc with 13pc for Brian Crowley of Fianna Fail, 13pc for Gay Mitchell, 12pc for Sean Gallagher, 7pc for Mary Davis and 6pc for Dana Rosemary Scallon.

Brian Crowley has withdrawn his name since then and Dana is still believed to be considering running.

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