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Latest poll has Michael D Higgins with nearly twice as many votes as rest of candidates COMBINED

Higgins has twice as many first preference votes as the rest of the candidates combined, per the latest Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI poll.

Irish presidential race Seeing double - Michael D Higgins has twice as much support as the rest of the presidential candidates combined Niall Carson / PA Images Niall Carson / PA Images / PA Images

THE LATEST POLL of Ireland’s six presidential candidates suggests that, assuming things remain the same, Michael D Higgins will be returned to the Áras by a landslide.

An Ipsos/MRBI poll released this morning for the Irish Times shows that Higgins has 66% among voters with just nine days to go before polling day.

By comparison, his nearest challenger Sean Gallagher has 12%, with Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada slightly further afield on 11%.

The full poll is:

  • Michael D Higgins – 66%
  • Sean Gallagher – 12%
  • Liadh Ní Riada – 11%
  • Joan Freeman – 5%
  • Gavin Duffy – 4%
  • Peter Casey – 2%

Assuming those figures hold through Higgins will be returned without the need for a second count.

The poll was taken on three days last week, among a representative cohort o 1,200 voters aged 18 and over in face-to-face interviews.

It seems that neither the President’s alleged transparency issues nor his unwillingness to participate in all the campaign debates has hampered his candidacy in any way.

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