Fine Gael popular support is up in post-Budget 'bounce' - poll
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's decision not to call an early election appears to have been a mistake, as Fine Gael have received a five point boost in their popular support.
The latest Sunday Independent/MillwardBrown opinion poll shows that Fine Gael are now on 29pc up from 24pc since our last poll in the summer.
Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton will also be heartened by seeing their own personal satisfaction ratings improve.
However, there is disappointment for Ms Burton as Labour are unchanged at just 7pc, a long way short of the 19pc vote it received at the last General Election in 2011.
The complete state of the parties is: Fine Gael (29pc) up five points; Fianna Fail (24pc) up one point; Sinn Fein (21pc) unchanged, Labour (7pc) unchanged, Greens (1pc), unchanged and Independents (19pc) down five points.
There will be disappointment in Labour this weekend that it has not received a post-Budget ‘bounce’ but this poll offers the Coalition a strong platform to fight the election together.
Fianna Fail will also be pleased that he poll shows it has opened up a decisive lead over Sinn Fein, which is stuck at the same level of support for three successive polls.
The rise in Fine Gael support has come at the expense of Independents and others who have fallen back to 19pc, their lowest level since February 2014.
For full details of the poll, see the Sunday Independent and Independent.ie.