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Support for the government has SHOT UP since Christmas

Over a third of people are now happy with the way they’re doing things.

Well may he smile.
Well may he smile.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

SATISFACTION IN THE government has shot up by a massive six percentage points according to a new opinion poll.

The poll by Behaviour and Attitudes for the Sunday Times puts satisfaction in the Government at 35%, up from a level of 29% in December.

The good news for the two government parties continued with the poll finding that support for Fine Gael is at 27%, up three points from 24%.

Support for Labour has increased even more impressively with the party now achieving a 9% following. Last time out they sat at 5%.

The poll suggests the surge in support for the government has come at the expense of Sinn Féin and independents.

Sinn Féin is down to 19% from a high of 22% in the last poll.

Collectively, Independents/Others have seen the biggest drop-off in support at 23% down from 29%.

Fianna Fáil are completely static with a support level of 18%. The party has had that exact same level of support in the last four B&A surveys.

The poll was conducted in the 10 days up to last Wednesday with 959 adults questioned.

PastedImage-15898 Source: Behavious and Attitudes

Same-sex marriage

The poll also measures voting intentions in May’s same-sex marriage referendum. The results put support for the referendum at 73% with 22% opposed and 5% undecided.

It also asks people their level of understanding of the referendum and finds that most people are confident in their understanding of the vote. Only 10% say they do not understand the referendum well or not at all.

PastedImage-50213 Source: Behaviours and Attitudes

Read: More than a quarter of the country now supports Fine Gael >

Read: There’s MORE good news for Enda and Joan in the latest opinion poll >

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