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New poll finds Gerry Adams is the most popular leader in the country

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll found Sinn Féin has continued to surge with the party now twice as popular as Labour.

Gerry Adams at his party's Ard Fheis at the weekend
Gerry Adams at his party's Ard Fheis at the weekend
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

SINN FÉIN HAS continued to surge according to the latest opinion poll which has found the party is now twice as popular as Labour with party leader Gerry Adams now the most popular leader in the country.

Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll also found that satisfaction with the government parties has increased but satisfaction with both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has declined.

The poll found support for Fine Gael is at 32 per cent (down 1) with Sinn Féin at 24 (up 3). Fianna Fáil also increased 3 points to 17 with Labour in fourth place at 10 per cent. The Green Party is at 2 per cent (no change) and Independents/Others are at 15 per cent.

Government satisfaction has increased by 4 points to 27 per cent.

Gerry Adams saw the largest increase of all the party leaders with 37 per cent of voters saying they are satisfied with his performance, an increase of 8 points. Taoiseach Enda Kenny saw his approval rating drop by 6 points to 36 per cent.

Micheál Martin remains the third most popular leader in the country at 31 per cent (up 7) followed by Eamon Gilmore at 26 (down 1) and Eamon Ryan at 10 per cent.

The survey was carried out between Wednesday and Friday last week among 1,000 voters in face-to-face interviews. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.

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