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Norris stays out in front in latest Red C poll

The latest opinion poll indicates 21 per cent support for Norris, while Michael D Higgins is in the lead among the confirmed candidates.

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INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL candidate Senator David Norris remains in the lead in the latest opinion poll.

According to the Red C poll for tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post, Norris is ahead at 21 per cent.

Labour’s Michael D Higgins came second at 18 per cent, making him the most popular of the confirmed candidates, while Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness came in third at 16 per cent.

Mary Davis and Gay Mitchell are tied on 13 per cent, while Sean Gallagher has 11 per cent. Dana Rosemary Scallon received 6 per cent.

98FM reports that the Red C poll shows that Higgins and independent candidate Mary Davis would do well on transfers, while Norris and McGuinness would not perform strongly there.

The top-three placings in the Red C poll mirror the results of a recent online poll carried out by Millward Brown Lansdowne.

Norris has yet to secure a nomination for the election. He needs either three more Oireachtas members or three more local authorities to formally support his bid by 28 September to ensure he appears on the ballot. Dana is also searching for enough Oireachtas and council support for her election bid.

At least 12 councils are due to meet next week to discuss nominating candidates for the election.

Read: ‘I am a unifier’: McGuinness reacts to campaign criticism >

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