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Fianna Fáil is more popular than Sinn Féin in a new opinion poll

For the first time in over a year, the Soldiers of Destiny are above 20% support.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

WITH LESS THAN 12 months until an expected general election, Fianna Fáil have overhauled Sinn Féin as the second most popular party in the country.

That is according to a new Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll to be published tomorrow.

For the first time in over a year, the Soldiers of Destiny are above 20% support, sitting at 21%, a gain of four percentage points. That gain comes at the expense of Fine Gael, who are down three percentage points to 24%.

Labour climb by one to 9%, while Sinn Féin drop the same amount to 19%.

Independents and others have also fallen by one point to 28%.

All of the results are counted when undecided voters are excluded and reflect 900 interviews carried out face-to-face in the days between 5 June and 15 June.

The poll will be pleasant reading for Micheal Martin. After a turbulent month, not only is his party within the margin of error (+/- 3.3%) of Fine Gael, he is the leader the country is most satisfied with.

He has a 40% approval rating, while Joan Burton is on 36%, Gerry Adams and Eamon Ryan are on 32% and Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on 28%.

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