Sunday 22 April 2018

A snapshot which favours FG, while FF must mind the gap

Our latest opinion poll comes at a happy time for the Government, and the headline figures are good for Fine Gael, says Paul Moran

The backdrop to this poll is continuing positive economic indicators, Brexit (which in the short term is ironically proving to be a boon for the party), and the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Photo: PA
The backdrop to this poll is continuing positive economic indicators, Brexit (which in the short term is ironically proving to be a boon for the party), and the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Photo: PA

Paul Moran

This latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll, conducted up until last Wednesday, coincides with a relatively happy time for the Government, and this is reflected in these results. The headline figure sees Fine Gael rise six points to 36pc since our last comparable poll in summer 2017.

This represents its highest outing so far in this series of opinion polls, and is a 10-point increase on its general election showing of two years ago. Of course, this is a snapshot, with no general election on the immediate horizon (even though these results may add impetus to the more hawkish elements in FG to call an early election). Remember the party had momentum going into the 2016 election, which dissipated quickly.

The backdrop to this poll is continuing positive economic indicators, Brexit (which in the short term is ironically proving to be a boon for the party), and the Project Ireland 2040 plan.

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