A NEW POLL has shown that just over one in 10 people (11 per cent) would choose a Fine Gael/Labour coalition, were a general election to be called.
A Millward Brown poll, which appears in today’s Sunday Independent, puts the current coalition joint-first out of the options which were made available. A proposed Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin coalition also receives 11 per cent.
A Fianna Fáil/Independents coalition was the next most popular, at nine per cent, ahead of a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil pairing, at seven per cent.
Three different combinations which each had the support of six per cent of respondents were Fine Gael/Independents, Fine Gael/Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil/Labour.
22 per cent responded with either ‘none of the above’ or with ‘other’. A further 22 per cent of people said that they didn’t know.
Life of the government
The majority of respondents in today’s poll also believe that the current government will not run its first term.
At 39 per cent, the ‘no’ side beat the ‘yes’ side by four percentage points (35 per cent).
With 15 per cent replying that they ‘don’t know’ and a further 10 per cent saying that ‘it depends’, a quarter of all respondents have still to make up their mind.
When asked whether the introduction of the property tax would have a negative impact on property prices, 60 per cent believed that it would. 26 per cent believed it would make no different while a further 14 per cent did not know.
Looking forward, 57 per cent of people were worried about their ability to pay their household bills.
On the issue of having to reduce their current standard of living, 53 per cent said that they were worried about this.
Just over one-third of respondents (34 per cent) were worried about their job and 14 per cent were concerned about losing their home.