Combined FF and SF vote now surpasses that of the Coalition
The combined support of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin has overtaken that of the current coalition but voters are not keen on them being in government together, a new poll has found.
A majority of people believe that Fine Gael should lead the next government with help from the Labour Party and independents.
Some 26pc said this is their preferred choice followed by 19pc who want a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition.
Just 17pc want the current Fine Gael/Labour coalition returned, while support for a Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin cabinet is 15pc.
However, when the support for each of the potential coalition options are put together Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin make up the biggest block, one point ahead of the combined total for Fine Gael and the Labour Party. The Red C poll for Paddy Power shows Labour getting their first boost since the Budget, rising two points to 9pc.
Fine Gael has dropped three points since a similar poll last month but is still the most popular party on 28pc.
Fianna Fáil is up one point to 20pc, followed by Sinn Féin who are unchanged on 18pc.
Independents candidates are on 15pc. This includes 2pc for Independent Alliance candidates.
The People Before Profit-Anti-Austerity Alliance secured 4pc, with the Social Democrats on 3pc and the Green Party on 2pc. Lucinda Creighton's Renua Ireland are stuck on 1pc.
Red C interviewed a random sample of 1,016 adults by telephone between November 30 and December 2.