A NEW OPINION poll shows Fianna Fáil has overtaken both Labour and Sinn Féin to become the second most popular party in the country.
It is the first time the party has been in that position in more than two years in an Ipsos MRBI poll.
The results of the opinion poll conducted for the Irish Times released tonight show that when people were asked who they would vote for in a general election, Fianna Fáil received 21 per cent (up four percentage points), with Sinn Féin on 20 per cent (down four points) and Labour on 12 per cent (up two).
Fine Gael is down one point at 31 per cent. The Green Party remains at 2 per cent while Independents/Others are at 14 per cent (down one point). All of the figures excluded undecided voters who made up a significant minority of respondents – a total of 33 per cent said they were undecided as to who they would vote for.
Satisfaction with all of the party leaders has dropped. Gerry Adams saw the biggest drop with an 8 percentage point decrease in satisfaction with his leadership. However with a 29 per cent satisfaction rating overall he remains the second most popular party leader behind Enda Kenny at 33 per cent.
The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week using face-to-face interviews with 1,000 voters around the country. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.