Monday 17 December 2018

Opposition parties close the gap on FG and Varadkar - latest poll

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Tom Honan/PA)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Tom Honan/PA)

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

The latest opinion poll shows that support for the two main opposition parties is closing the gap on Fine Gael.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times indicates that support for both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin is moving closer to the majority held currently by Fine Gael.

Satisfaction in Fine Gael appears to have worsened as they drop 1pc in support to 30pc.

Mary Lou McDonald’s Sinn Féin show the biggest growth, leaping four points to 23pc. Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil has remained unchanged on 27pc moving within 3pc of the support registered for Fine Gael.

The poll was carried out on 905 members of the Irish electorate, between November 1 and November 18, in the lead up to the announcement of the Brexit withdrawal deal that was drafted last Tuesday.

It is compared with a similar poll conducted in October.

The Independents’ and Labour’s support levels are unchanged at 9pc and 6pc respectively. Also seeing no change are Solidarity/People Before Profit who are static at 2pc.

The Social Democrats have registered an increase in support and join the Independent Alliance and the Green Party, who have both seen a drop of one point, all on 1pc.

The poll indicates double-worries for Leo Varadkar as he is surpassed as Ireland’s most popular leader.

The Fine Gael chief is down four points to 48pc, while Mary Lou McDonald is up two points from 46pc leaving her level, in terms of satisfaction, with Mr Varadkar.

Meanwhile Fianna Fáil’s Mícheál Martin moves into poll position with an unchanged satisfaction rating of 49pc.

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