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New poll shows a surge in support for independents

This comes in the same week that the Social Democrats party was launched.

Updated 07.30am

A NEW POLL has shown a surge in support for independent parties.

The Sunday Times/ Behaviour & Attitudes poll which will be published tomorrow has recorded the highest ever result for this grouping.

This follows the launch of the new Social Democrats party this week and Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Party earlier this year.

In total 940 voters were asked for their preference over a two-week period at the start of this month.

Among the major parties, there was no change for Fine Gael on 24%; a slight decrease in support for Labour, down one point to 8%; a drop of three points for Fianna Fáil down to 18%; a drop of two point for Sinn Féin down to 17%.

The results tomorrow will also show the satisfaction ratings for the leaders of the various parties. Micheál Martin is the only leader to see his rating improve, rising two points to 42%.

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Meanwhile, Leo Varadkar is the overwhelming favourite among the public to lead Fine Gael.

First published 19.30pm 18 July 2015

Poll: Renua or the Social Democrats?

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