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If Budget 2016 was a giveaway, it hasn't convinced voters

Most people are no more likely to vote for Fine Gael and Labour next year.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

BUDGET 2016 HASN’T swayed most voters towards returning Fine Gael and Labour to government next year.

A Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll in conjunction with TheJournal.ie reveals that roughly 60% of voters are no more likely to vote for Labour and Fine Gael in 2016.

This figure is highest for those aged 35 to 44 and 45 to 54 at more than 67%.

However, the over 65s, who will benefit from an increase to the state pension, and those aged between 18 and 24 were most wooed, with 32% and 33% respectively saying they were now more likely, although a majority were still unconvinced.

A geographic difference is obvious, with a third of those polled in Connacht or Ulster responding positively, compared to just 21% in Dublin.

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The government’s election hopes hinge on the public feeling the effects of Budget measures that will only come into effect in the new year.

Labour received a boost in opinion polls at the weekend, with support rising two points to 8% in the Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll. Fine Gael took a slight hit, falling 3 to 24%.

Fianna Fáil dropped one point to 19%, the same as Sinn Féin, who stay static. Independents account for 12% of support, while the left-wing alliance of the Socialist Party, AAA and People Before Profit are up two points to 7%.

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