Thursday 22 February 2018

Revealed: Sinn Fein the most popular party in Ireland

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Tony Gavin
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Tony Gavin

Philip Ryan Political Correspondent

Fine Gael and Sinn Fein have made major electoral gains, while support for Independents has plummeted, according to a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll.

Sinn Fein is currently the country’s most popular political party on 26pc jumping five points since the last survey.

Fine Gael is up three points to 25pc, and Fianna Fail jumped one point to 19pc.

Labour are also up a point but just 6pc of those polled say they would vote for the party at the next election.

The biggest drop in support is for Independents who peaked at 32pc in last year's survey but have dramatically fallen nine points to 23pc in today’s poll.

The leaders of all the main political parties recorded increases in their personal satisfaction ratings but overall their support remains low.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s support is up three points to 24pc; Tanaiste Joan Burton is up one point to 23pc; Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is up five points to 29pc and Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams is up six points and also at 29pc.

Public support for a new political party has dropped in recent months despite the emergence of alternative political choices.

Independent TD Shane Ross (16pc) is edging former Fine Gael Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton (13pc) as the preferred leader of a new party.

While Roscommon South Leitrim TD Michael Fitzmaurice and Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly are both on 4pc.

The survey also found more than three out of five will vote in favour of changing the constitution to recognise same sex marriage, but a fifth are still undecided.

Support for repealing the 8th amendment, which protects the rights of the unborn, remains unchanged at 56pc.

There is huge public support for Health Minister Leo Varadkar’s decision to publicly announce he is gay, with the majority of those surveyed saying it makes no impact on their opinion of him.

Minister Varadkar (18pc) is also the favoured leader of Fine Gael ahead of the next general election, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny (11pc) is trailing behind his Cabinet colleague by seven points.

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