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Bad news for Sinn Féin in two new polls

They show support for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin has dropped.

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TWO POLITICAL POLLS have reported bad news for Sinn Féin.

A poll in the Sunday Business Post shows support for the party is down three points.

Meanwhile, a poll in the Sunday Times shows personal support for Gerry Adams is down 7% in the wake of rape allegations made by Belfast woman Mairia Cahill.

The Sunday Business Post opinion poll, taken between Monday and Wednesday, shows support for Sinn Fein is at 20% – down three since the last similar poll in mid-September.

There is mixed news for the other parties – Fine Gael is still ahead but is down 2% to 26% while Labour remain unchanged in the last month on 8%.

Fianna Fáil are unchanged on 18% but support for the Independents and small parties has jumped 5 points to 28%.

No satisfaction 

The Sunday Times poll shows the personal satisfaction rate for Gerry Adams is now at 40% – down 7. However, that still keeps him only a point behind the most popular leader, Labour’s Joan Burton on 41%.

Enda Kenny’s rating is also down by six points to 29% – his lowest since becoming Taoiseach.

Support for Sinn Féin remains unchanged at 19% and Fianna Fail is still on 18%.

Labour fell five points to 9% while Fine Gael went up one point to 25%.

Independents went up three to 25% and Greens went up one to 3%.

Originally posted 12:39.

Read: Gerry Adams: ‘Sinn Féin has not covered up abuse at any level’>

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