Friday 15 December 2017

Support for Fine Gael continues to grow ahead of General Election - poll

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

SUPPORT for Fine Gael is continuing to grow ahead of the next General Election, a new poll suggests.

A Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows that support for the main government party up four points to 28pc.

This is after a five point rise in the last poll for the party.

Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny also continues to rise as he now draws level with Tanaiste Joan Burton as most popular party leader.

Junior coalition partner Labour see their support remain static, at 7pc.

However overall support for the government has also increased, and now sits at 30pc – its highest level since October 2011.

There’s also a boost for Fianna Fail ahead of the Carlow/Kilkenny by-election this week, as the party’s support grows three points to 20pc.

Sinn Fein has experiences a three point drop in support, but this poll suggests it is still the most popular opposition party in the State on 21pc.

The big losers of the poll are Independents and others, as their support drops four points to 24pc.

The poll was carried out last Wednesday and Thursday on 1,200 voters at 100 sampling points.

The margin of error in the poll is 2.8pc.

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