Saturday 20 January 2018

No bounce for Fine Gael in poll after Varadkar election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

LEO Varadkar’s victory in the Fine Gael leadership contest has resulted in no significant bounce for the party ahead of his appointment as Taoiseach next week, according to the latest opinion poll.

The first poll since Mr Varadkar was elected shows Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are neck-and-neck among voters with both parties at 29 per cent.

In fact, Fianna Fail is up two points in the poll compared to Fine Gael which is up just one point.

Fine Gael would have expected a bounce in the polls following the appointment of Mr Varadkar as their leader last week.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times also shows Sinn Fein is unchanged at 18pc.

The Independent Alliance, who are in government with Fine Gael, are up one point to 5pc.

The Labour Party is also up a point to 5pc, while the Green Party is up one to 3pc.

Solidarity/People Before Profit and the Social Democrats are both unchanged at 1pc.

Other Independents are down three points to 9pc

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