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Sinn Féin is now the most popular party in the State

An Irish Independent poll shows that they now have more support in the Republic than any other party.

All smiles.
All smiles.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Updated 9.26pm

SINN FÉIN IS now the most popular party in the State according to an opinion poll in today’s Irish Independent.

The Irish Independent/Millward Brown research shows the party building on their local and European election results to reach level of support of 26%.

This figure is greater than the combined support for the two coalition partners who together have the backing of 25% of those polled.

Support for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is at 20% with the Greens at 2% while Independents and Others combine to reach a support level of 27%.

The polling puts Sinn Féin ahead of the support they received in the elections two weeks ago when they garnered 15% of the vote in the local elections and 20% of the vote in the Europeans.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were also neck and neck in the European vote when they both received 22% nationally.

Today’s poll results:

  • Sinn Féin: 26
  • Fianna Fáil: 20
  • Fine Gael: 20
  • Labour: 5
  • Greens: 2
  • Independents/others 27

image (The Green Party won 12 seats, 6 seats in Ballybay/Clones are yet to be filled) Source: TheJournal.ie/Nicky Ryan

Satisfaction

The same survey shows that just 17% of those people polled indicated that they were satisfied with the Government’s performance compared to 77% who were dissatisfied, 6% of people answered ‘Don’t know’.

Two-thirds of people also felt that Dublin was ‘benefiting disproportionately from the economic upturn compared to the rest of the country’. Just 4% felt that ‘there is no upturn’.

Originally published 12.39pm

Read: Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the 2014 European elections >

Read: Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll >

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