Tuesday 20 March 2018

Fianna Fail in poll boost as pressure mounts on minority government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Picture: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Picture: Arthur Carron
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

FIANNA Fáil has seen a boost in support in two polls in results that will cause concern in the minority government.

A Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) poll puts Micheál Martin’s party at 30pc, up five points.

Meanwhile, a Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post has Fianna Fáil at 29pc (+3).

The polls will cause jitters for Fine Gael in particular, coming on the back of another poll within the last two weeks that had their opposition rivals at 33pc.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny's party is down one point to 25pc in the B&A study and is unchanged at 26pc in the Red C poll.

Their government colleagues, the Independent Alliance, are at 4pc (-2) and 5pc (+1) respectively in the two polls.

Overall the breakdown of the parties in the B&A poll is:

Fianna Fail – 30pc (+5); Fine Gael - 25pc (-1); Sinn Féin – 14pc (-3); Labour - 6pc (+1); Other Independents – 8pc (-1); AAA-PBP – 5pc (+1); Independent Alliance – 4pc (-2) Workers Party – 3pc (+1); Social Democrats – 2pc (+1); Green Party – 2pc (-1).

The breakdown in the Red C poll is:

Fianna Fail – 29pc (+3); Fine Gael - 26pc (no change); Sinn Féin – 13pc (-2); Independents – 7pc (-4) and the Independent Alliance – 5pc (+1).

All unchanged were Labour – 6pc; AAA-PBP – 5pc; Social Democrats – 4pc; Renua – 1pc and others less than 1pc.

The Green Party is on 4pc (+2).

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