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Poll shows drop in support for Sinn Féin, rise for Fianna Fáil

Support for Fine Gael has dropped slightly while support for Labour remains steady in the latest Red C poll for Paddy Power released today.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (File photo)
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (File photo)
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A NEW POLL has found that support for Sinn Féin has dropped while Fianna Fáil continues to increase its share of support among voters.

The Red C opinion poll for Paddy Power has found that support for Fine Gael has dropped considerably since the general election in 2011 and has dropped from 32 per cent to 29 per cent since May of last year.

Support for Labour has stabilised at 13 per cent. Fianna Fáil’s rise continues, up from 18 per cent last May to 21 per cent this month while Sinn Féin support has dropped from 20 per cent to 16 per cent.

Support for independents, the Green Party and others is up four percentage points to 21 per cent since last May.

Fianna Fáil’s rise is bolstered by Micheál Martin, the party’s leader, managing to increase his satisfaction level and decrease dissatisfaction level while there are falls for all the other leaders:

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The poll also finds that 46 per cent of people think that Belfast City Council was wrong to restrict the flying of the Union flag over City Hall while 36 per cent believe the council was right. Eighteen per cent said they did not know.

Among party voters, 54 per cent of those who vote Labour said the decision was wrong while 48 per cent of of Sinn Féin voters said the decision was right, 44 per cent of those who vote for Sinn Féin expressed the view that Belfast City Council was wrong.

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