Monday 22 January 2018

James Downey: Electorate will go to polls with no faith in any party

James Downey

James Downey

THE latest opinion poll in the 'Sunday Business Post'/Red C series has produced possibly the most depressing results of any survey since polling began in the Irish media more than 30 years ago.

At first glance, it seems to give Fianna Fail the worst news. A rating of 18pc is roughly half of what, even in bad times, any interested person would have considered the party's "core" vote. Not surprising that one minister reportedly exclaimed "Oh Jesus!" on hearing the figures.

But as an indicator of the national mood, which afflicts all parties, another finding is far more dismal than the prospect that the once-dominant party is likely to fall to third place in the next general election.

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