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Support up 7pc for SF but Adams lags

SINN Fein has experienced a dramatic rise in support but party president Gerry Adams continues to lag behind, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll shows.

The party has jumped from the 10pc it won in last year's general election to 17pc -- largely at the expense of the Labour Party.

The trend identified in this opinion poll of Sinn Fein on the rise matches the pattern of other surveys in the past year.

Yet Mr Adams remains only the third most popular leader, with just a 35pc satisfaction rating, reflecting his struggles to adapt to life as a TD and opposition party leader in the Dail.

However, the party has benefited from a boost to its profile from leading the opposition to the EU fiscal treaty referendum.

Sinn Fein's support is at its highest in Connaught-Ulster at 24pc, following by Munster at 17pc, Dublin on 15pc and the rest of Leinster on 14pc.

But if the results of the poll were matched in a general election scenario, the party would pick up additional seats right across the country.

Irish Independent