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The latest opinion poll has been published, and it's not good news for the government

Fianna Fáil leads Fine Gael by six points, according to the opinion poll.

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SUPPORT FOR FINE Gael and Enda Kenny has dropped, according to the latest opinion poll for the Sunday Times by Behaviour & Attitudes.

The ruling government party has dropped three points to 23%, while support for the Independent Alliance has fallen two points to 3%.

The poll says that Fianna Fáil is the most popular party, with 29%.

Sinn Féin, meanwhile, dropped two points to 17%.

Labour (5%), Greens (3%) and the Social Democrats (1%) were unchanged, while the Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit rose one point to 5%.

Non-aligned independents have made the biggest gain, up six points to 15%.

Earlier this week, the Taoiseach told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos that there was no chance of a general election in 2017.

Kenny said: “The people voted in an election, and they gave their answer. The politicians responded to that, and we put a government together which is a minority partnership government.”

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The Fine Gael leader’s personal approval rating fell four points to 29%. Just under a third of those surveyed – 31% – said they were satisfied with the government.

Micheál Martin was by far the most popular leader, with an approval rating of 49%, while Gerry Adams shared the same satisfaction rating as the government with 31%.

In terms of core party support, around 23% of people are undecided on which party they support, which is the highest proportion of undecided voters since last year’s General Election.

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