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Fine Gael support slides in latest poll on voting intention

If a general election was held today, Fine Gael’s support would be down 8 per cent compared to the last election.

Enda Kenny's Fine Gael has seen its support slide significantly in the last month - ahead of a tricky Budget.
Enda Kenny's Fine Gael has seen its support slide significantly in the last month - ahead of a tricky Budget.
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SUPPORT FOR FINE GAEL has fallen significantly in the last five weeks, according to an opinion poll on voter intentions published this morning.

The Red C poll in today’s Sunday Business Post shows the party’s share of the national vote has fallen by 6 per cent since the last similar poll was taken at the end of October.

The party’s 28 per cent share of the vote is its lowest in two years, and is down by six per cent on the October poll, though the party remains clearly ahead of any opponents.

The poll also solidifies Fianna Fáil’s status as the second-ranked party, with 20 per cent of support, up by one point.

Sinn Féin remains in third, unchanged at 17 per cent, while Labour’s performance is slightly improved, up one point to 14.

Independents and other parties account for the remaining 21 per cent of the vote, up by 4 on last time.

1,003 voters were polled in the Red C survey, which was conducted between Monday and Wednesday of last week.

When compared to the last time the public cast votes for party candidates in a general election, Fine Gael’s share of the vote is down by 8 per cent, and Labour’s is down by 3.

Sinn Féin’s support is up by 7 per cent compared to the February 2011 election, while Fianna Fáil’s share is up by about 3 per cent.

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