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Poll: Norris still ahead in race for the Aras

David Norris remains the favourite to succeed Mary McAleese in the November presidential election, according to a new opinion poll.

The Ipsos/MRBI poll in today's Irish Times shows the independent senator is on 25pc, ahead of Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell, who has 21pc support, and Labour's Michael D Higgins, who is on 18pc.

Independent candidates Mary Davis and Sean Gallagher are on 13pc and 12pc respectively.

Although Fianna Fail has yet to make a decision on whether to run a candidate, Eamon O Cuiv, who has expressed a willingness to stand, was included in the poll, and received 11pc support.

However, the poll showed that 28pc of people have yet to make up their mind about which candidate they will support. This is also good news for Senator Norris as he is considered the most transfer friendly of all the candidates.

The poll also asked voters what factors will influence who they will vote for. Thirty eight per cent said a candidate who could represent Ireland well was the most important, 17pc said honesty/reputation and 9pc opted for personality. Just 3pc said a candidate’s political experience was the most important factor.