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Almost half of voters are satisfied with the job Leo Varadkar is doing

Just 14% of people believe he has made a negative impact.

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ALMOST HALF OF voters are satisfied with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, but want his government to do a better job.

According to the latest Irish Times/IPOS MRBI poll, almost half of voters (49%) say that they are satisfied with Varadkar, while 45% say he has had a positive impact on government performance.

Just 14% of people believe he has made a negative impact.

Despite Varadkar’s popularity, 36% on voters say they are satisfied with government, while 37% say that the arrangements of Fine Gael being supported by Fianna Fáil  are working well.

The poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week and interviewed face-to-face a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over.

Respondents were clear that they did not want a general election in the coming months. Questioned over whether they wanted an election now or not for a “year or two”, 31% said they wanted an election now.

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Twice as many voters said there should not be an election for a year or two.

When questioned over who they would vote for in a general election, the percentages (including undecideds) was:

  • Fine Gael – 23% (-2)
  • Fianna Fáil – 22% (no change)
  • Sinn Féin – 15% (-2)
  • Labour – 4% (no change)
  • Independents/Others – 15% (no change)
  • Undecided – 21% (+4)

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