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Independents' Day: Exit poll shows non-party candidates topping the poll

Support for Labour has slumped to just 7 per cent.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Updated 10.45am

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES ARE projected to receive more support than any political party in the local and European election results.

With counting underway at centres across the county, the RTE/Behaviour & Atittudes exit poll suggests that  Independents received 28 per cent of the vote in the local elections and 27 per cent of the vote in the European elections.

Fine Gael were behind them at 24 per cent in the local elections and 22 per cent in the European elections.

Support for Sinn Féin is lower than recent opinion polls suggested at 16 per cent in the local elections and 17 per cent in the European elections.

Meanwhile Labour’s vote has fallen dramatically to just 7 per cent in the locals and 6 per cent in the European elections.

Labour is tied with the Green Party at 6 per cent in the European elections.

More than 3,000 voters were surveyed for the exit poll, which was carried out as they left polling stations around the country yesterday. The margin of error is less than 2 per cent.

The full results of the exit poll

Local elections

  • Independents/others: 28 per cent
  • Fine Gael: 24
  • Fianna Fáil: 22
  • Sinn Féin: 16
  • Labour: 7
  • Green: 3
  • Socialist Party/PBPA: 3

European elections

  • Independents/others: 27
  • Fine Gael: 22
  • Fianna Fáil: 22
  • Sinn Féin: 17
  • Labour: 6
  • Green: 6
  • Socialist Party/PBPA: 3

Originally published 9.20am

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