THERE’S BAD NEWS for the government in two separate polls to be published in the Sunday papers.
Fine Gael’s support has fallen two points to 30% in the latest Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post with Labour unchanged on 9%.
However, Joan Burton’s party has fallen to 6% in a separate poll being published in the Sunday Times tomorrow.
The news will come as a blow to the two coalition parties with the election expected to be called in just a few weeks time.
Fine Gael will be particularly concerned by its decline given its numbers had recovered significantly in the latter half of 2015, while Labour still appears unable to break the 10% barrier.
The Red C/SBP poll has Sinn Féin unchanged on 19% and independents and smaller parties are also unchanged on 23%.
Within this group independents are on 15% (+1), the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit alliance is on 3% (unchanged), the Social Democrats are on 1% (-1), the Greens are on 2% (unchanged), and Renua is on 2%(unchanged).
On the weekend of its Ard Fheis, there’s good news for Fianna Fáil which is up two points to 19%.
There’s also good news for Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a separate Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times.
It shows he is now the most popular party leader in the country on a 41% satisfaction rating. The satisfaction ratings of Joan Burton, Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams have all fallen.
There’s also bad news for Labour in the same poll with the party dropping two points to 6%. Fine Gael is unchanged on 31%.
Fianna Fáil is up one to 20% while Sinn Féin has dropped one to 16%. Independent and other parties are up two to 26%.
Within this, independents are on 12% (+1), the Greens are on 3% (-1), the Independent Alliance is on 3% (+1), AAA/PBP is on 3% (-1), the Workers’ Party is on 2% (+1), Renua is on 2% (+1) and the Soc Dems are unchanged on 1%.
However, despite the election looming, there is still a large number of undecideds with 27% of those polled saying they do not know who they would vote for.