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Fianna Fáil is surging in the latest opinion poll

Micheál Martin is the most popular party leader, with 43% approval.
Jul 7th 2016, 7:31 AM 14,959 160

FIANNA FÁIL’S SUPPORT is surging, according to the latest Ipsos/MRBI poll.

The Irish Times poll sees Micheál Martin’s party up by nine points to 33% of support, their highest rating in eight years.

The poll, carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week, puts Fianna Fáil nine points ahead of Fine Gael, who have 24% of support, a drop of two points.

Sinn Féin’s support jumped by two points, to 16%, with Labour unable to gain much traction from Brendan Howlin’s appointment as leader, staying unmoved at 5%.

The big losers in the poll are independents and other parties, who dropped by eight points to 22%.

That 22% is spread between the Greens on 4%, the AAA-PBP on 2%, Social Democrats on 2%, Independent Alliance on 2%, Independents 4 Change on 2% and independents on 9%.

Micheál Martin is the most popular party leader, with 43% approval. In total, 31% of people are happy with the job the government is doing.

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