Thursday 14 December 2017

Scant evidence of desire for coalition at ballot box

The transfers of both Fine Gael and Labour voters indicate neither set wanted a pact, writes Willie Kealy

Fine Gael voters made it clear in the general election that they were not supporting a Fine Gael/Labour coalition -- and while Labour support for this form of Government was greater, a majority of Labour voters did not indicate they favoured it either.

Only 16 per cent of Fine Gael voters gave their second preference votes to Labour candidates, while Labour transfers to Fine Gael amounted to just 35 per cent.

An analysis of the transfer patterns in 37 of the 43 constituencies shows that most supporters of both parties did not appear to have a Fine Gael/Labour coalition in mind when they cast their votes.

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