Senior Fine Gael strategists believe the party is marginally short of achieving the poll rating that would finally prompt the Taoiseach to call an early General Election.
Fine Gael politicians with a direct involvement in election strategy say they have been told in recent days to be prepared for the prospect of a November poll.
There has been a growing desire among Fine Gael ministers in particular for Enda Kenny to call a snap election following the Coalition's final budget on October 13.
But hopes of an early election within Fine Gael stalled somewhat yesterday after a new opinion poll showed the Government's support is short of the level required to be re-elected to power.
The Ipsos/MRBI poll for the 'Irish Times' shows Fine Gael's support has remained steady at 28pc, while the Labour Party has seen its support increase by one point to 8pc.
However, sources within Fine Gael last night said the party would need to break the 30pc barrier before a decision was taken to call an early election.