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New opinion poll shows dip in Sinn Féin's popularity

And growing satisfaction with the government…

Gerry Adams with TD Mary Lou McDonald
Gerry Adams with TD Mary Lou McDonald
Image: Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland

A NEW OPINION poll taken by Behaviours & Attitudes and published in today’s Sunday Times reveals sliding support for Sinn Féin and a surprising rise in government satisfaction.

According to the survey, voters’ satisfaction with the government is up three points to 29 per cent but Fine Gael’s popularity remains unchanged at 33 per cent.

The ruling party retains double the support of Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and Labour.

After making gains in February, Sinn Féin has dropped four points, landing at 16 per cent. Fianna Fáil is down one to 15 per cent, while Labour is at 14 per cent.

The poll amalgamated the Green Party with Independents who, together, have 23 per cent support – up five points in two months.

Looking at the leaders of each party, Enda Kenny remains the most popular with growing support of 47 per cent. Gerrry Adams followed his party’s suit, losing three points but still coming in second at 43 per cent.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore saw his numbers increase by three points to 37 per cent. Despite his party losing a point, Micheál Martin gained one to reach 34 per cent.

The poll of 946 Irish adults was conducted from 11-17 April.

The survey differs from another taken this week and published in the Irish Times on Friday. That opinion poll showed plummeting support for the government and growing approval for Sinn Féin.

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