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New poll puts pressure on Kenny, Cowen

Sunday Independent/Quantum Research poll puts Brian Lenihan and Eamon Gilmore as most popular politicians.

SIXTY ONE PERCENT OF those questioned in a new Sunday Independent/Quantum Research poll say that Enda Kenny should stand down as Fine Gael leader before the next election. Sixty one percent say they would rather see Richard Bruton as the next Fine Gael leader.

Sixty eight percent of people want Brian Cowen to stand down as Taoiseach, while the telephone poll reveals that that 46 percent of people would like to see Brian Lenihan as the next leader of Fianna Fáil, with Micheál Martin the next most popular choice with thirteen percent support.

Brian Lenihan is also the most popular choice as the most likely person to lead Ireland out of recession with 27 percent of the poll.  The second most-popular leader is Eamon Gilmore with 22 percent, while 20 percent say that the IMF is the most likely to lead Ireland out of recession.

Of the non-politicians, Michael O’Leary is the most popular choice to “do the right thing in some form of national government” with 30 percent. Colm McCarthy comes second with 18 percent, while Michael Smurfit is third with 16 percent. Bono gets 12 percent support.

Sixty percent of those polled say they would favour scrapping the Croke Park agreement, while 45 percent say they would favour a quick election over national government.

The Sunday Independent leads with the story that a new coup to overthrow Enda Kenny is being readied and could surface within weeks.

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