Friday 22 March 2019

Poll: Sinn Fein support drops while support for Government parties increases

Gerry Adams (centre) with Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Gerry Adams (centre) with Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Mary Lou McDonald
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

PUBLIC confidence in the Government parties is continuing to surge, according to the findings of the latest opinion poll.

And support for Sinn Fein has significantly dropped in the wake of the latest round of allegations that the party was involved in covering up child sex abuse.

Mary Lou McDonald speaks at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Derry. Photo: Mark Condren
Mary Lou McDonald speaks at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Derry. Photo: Mark Condren
Republican party Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams applauds
Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Photo: Mark Condren

The Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitude poll shows Fine Gael is up three points to 27pc, making it the country’s most popular political party.

Labour has also made gains and is up four points to eight percent.

Sinn Fein’s support has plummeted three points to 19pc, while support for the other main opposition party, Fianna Fail, remains unchanged at 19pc.

The poll was taken before and after the Irish Independent and BBC Spotlight revealed how sex abuse survivor Paudie McGahon was brought before an IRA kangaroo after he was sexually attacked by a senior Belfast republican.

Mr McGahon claims he told Sinn Fein about the attacks but the party failed to alert gardai to the allegations.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams confirmed he knew about Mr MaGahon’s allegations but did not contact gardai.

The poll also found almost three quarters of people will vote in favour of the Marriage Equality Referendum, which is due to take place on May 22.

However, almost a quarter of people will vote No.

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