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Labour support hits five-year low in opinion polls

As the Dáil resumes this week, Labour party members will be viewing the latest opinion polls with some nerves.

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THE FIRST OPINION poll of the autumn has shown another drop in support for the Labour Party.

Support for the minority coalition party is down 2 per cent to 10 per cent, the lowest level of support the party has enjoyed since October 2008.

The Sunday Business Post/RedC poll, which will be published tomorrow, also shows support for Fine Gael down by one per cent to 27 per cent.

Support for Fianna Fáil has climbed a point to 23 per cent, while Sinn Féin has registered no change at 17 per cent. Support for independents and others now accounts for 23 per cent, up two per cent.

The poll also contains details of the likely votes in the upcoming Seanad referendum.

Among likely voters, 50 per cent of people say that they will vote yes, 35 per cent say they will vote no and 15 per cent say they don’t know. Taking out those who don’t know, 59 per cent say they will vote to abolish the upper house and just 41 per cent will vote for retention.

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