Sunday 22 September 2019

Approval ratings for Leo Varadkar fall to lowest level since he became Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Frank McGrath
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Approval ratings for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have decreased sharply in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

The poll - published this morning - shows satisfaction with Mr Vardkar has fallen to 36pc, a decrease of seven points. This marks the lowest level since he became Taoiseach in 2017, when he enjoyed significant approval ratings when he took over from Enda Kenny.

Fine Gael canvass Kells. Butcher Tony Grey with local candidate Peter Farrelly, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and MEP Mairead McGuinness . Picture; Gerry Mooney
Fine Gael canvass Kells. Butcher Tony Grey with local candidate Peter Farrelly, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and MEP Mairead McGuinness . Picture; Gerry Mooney

The level of satisfaction with the government is also down seven points to 31pc.

Meanwhile support for Fine Gael is down one point to 29pc, while Fianna Fáil support has risen by two points to 26pc. While both movements are within the poll's margin of error, they do show the gap between both parties to be at its smallest for two and a half years.

The poll also shows another drop in support for Sinn Féin, and increases for the Greens, Labour and the Independents.

Support for Sinn Féin now stands at 16pc, down five points. Support for Labour stands at 7pc, up one point, while support for the Independents has increased by three per cent to 22pc. 

The Green Party has gained two points, with support now standing at 4pc,.

Solidarity-People Before Profit, the Social Democrats and Independents4Change are at two percent.

The poll was taken on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week among 500 voters in each of the three European constituencies.  The accuracy is estimated at plus or minus 2.5pc at national level.

 

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