Monday 22 October 2018

Poll excluisve: Public confidence in Independents crashes

Photo: Sunday Independent
Photo: Sunday Independent
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

PUBLIC confidence in Independent politicians has dramatically crashed in the wake of the General Election, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.

As the country faces into post-Brexit economic turmoil, voters are turning their back on Independents and returning to the established political parties.

Today’s poll shows Independents down a massive 13 points and the group now hold just 14pc of the vote. Support for Independents has not been this low since September 2013.

A breakdown on the Independent vote is even starker for non-aligned TDs:  especially those serving in government:

Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (4pc), Social Democrats (2pc) and non-aligned Independents (8pc), which includes the Independent Alliance.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael (30pc) is up four, Fianna Fail (26pc) up two, Sinn Fein (20pc) up four while the Labour Party (7pc) and the Green Party (3pc) are unchanged.

While the poll is good news for Fine Gael, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (27pc) is still the least popular political leader in the country and satisfaction with the Government is also down.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (43pc) is the most popular – up a massive 13 points.

Mr Martin is followed by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (31pc) while recently appointed Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin’s (27pc) support is up on his predecessor Joan Burton (22pc).

Sinn Fein is still the most transfer toxic party in the country with two-in-five (40pc) people saying they will never vote for the party.

This compares to voters who say they would not vote for Fine Gael (35pc), Fianna Fail (25pc), Labour (28pc), Socialist Party (16pc), Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (17pc), Green Party (18pc) and Social Democrats (8pc).

The survey of 1,000 face-to-face interviews was taken between 18th and 29th June.

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