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Public Opinion

Bad news for Sinn Féin in two new polls

They show support for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin has dropped.

TWO POLITICAL POLLS have reported bad news for Sinn Féin.

A poll in the Sunday Business Post shows support for the party is down three points.

Meanwhile, a poll in the Sunday Times shows personal support for Gerry Adams is down 7% in the wake of rape allegations made by Belfast woman Mairia Cahill.

The Sunday Business Post opinion poll, taken between Monday and Wednesday, shows support for Sinn Fein is at 20% – down three since the last similar poll in mid-September.

There is mixed news for the other parties – Fine Gael is still ahead but is down 2% to 26% while Labour remain unchanged in the last month on 8%.

Fianna Fáil are unchanged on 18% but support for the Independents and small parties has jumped 5 points to 28%.

No satisfaction 

The Sunday Times poll shows the personal satisfaction rate for Gerry Adams is now at 40% – down 7. However, that still keeps him only a point behind the most popular leader, Labour’s Joan Burton on 41%.

Enda Kenny’s rating is also down by six points to 29% – his lowest since becoming Taoiseach.

Support for Sinn Féin remains unchanged at 19% and Fianna Fail is still on 18%.

Labour fell five points to 9% while Fine Gael went up one point to 25%.

Independents went up three to 25% and Greens went up one to 3%.

Originally posted 12:39.

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