James Downey: FG relishes sweet poll result for Taoiseach
THE findings of the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll must bring great comfort to the majority party in a coalition almost overwhelmed by the endless flood of bad news and public discontent.
It would be difficult to find an analogy in any country to the extent to which Fine Gael support has held up in the context of so many mistakes and so much difficulty. The party's rating stands at 34pc, only two points below the general election result of February 2011 and precisely the same as the combined ratings for the two runners-up, Sinn Fein and Labour.
True, only 29pc of respondents declare themselves satisfied with the Government's performance, as opposed to 65pc dissatisfied. But in present circumstances, the level of dissatisfaction will surprise nobody. And there is another finding which Fine Gael will surely relish.