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Double victory for Fianna Fáil in latest opinion poll

The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll found Fianna Fáil support has risen by six percentage points – and Micheál Martin is now the most popular leader in the country.

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FIANNA FÁIL ARE  the biggest winners in the latest political opinion poll which has found that support for the party has increased by six percentage points.

The poll also found that Micheál Martin is the most popular leader in the country, just edging out Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the spot by one percentage point.

Support for the government has increased marginally to 26 per cent, according to the Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll published today.

However support for both government parties has dropped slightly, with Fine Gael dropping one point to 30 per cent and Labour falling two points to 12 per cent. The adjusted party support levels – excluding undecideds – found Fianna Fáil at 22 per cent, followed by Independents/Others (19 per cent), Sinn Féin (14 per cent) and Green party (3 per cent).

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has the highest satisfaction rating of any party leader at 42 per cent, closely followed by Enda Kenny (41 per cent) and Gerry Adams (40 per cent). Support for Labour leader Eamon Gilmore continues to drop with 29 per cent of voters reporting being satisfied with his performance, while Green leader Eamon Ryan had a 27 per cent satisfaction rating.

The poll also asked about assisted suicide and found 69 per cent of voters were in favour of it being allowed where someone is suffering from a terminal illness.

A total of 951 eligible voters were surveyed for the poll which was carried out by telephone between Thursday 1 November and Tuesday 13 November.

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