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Fine Gael is riding high in the latest opinion poll

It’s good news all round for Leo Varadkar this morning.

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THE GOVERNMENT MAY have had a troubled few weeks, but you wouldn’t know it from the latest opinion poll.

The poll, by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of the Sunday Times, shows that Fine Gael has opened up a giant gap over Fianna Fáil in terms of support in the three months since Leo Varadkar took office as Taoiseach.

When the last poll was taken in June, the two largest parties were neck-and-neck with 29% approval apiece. That has now changed to 33% for Fine Gael and 25% for Fianna Fáil.

The news displays something of a delayed honeymoon ‘bounce’ for Fine Gael and Varadkar despite a trying period which saw the country’s homelessness crisis and trouble with the gardaí dominating the headlines.

Sinn Féin has gained a percentage point in the latest poll, with support for the remaining parties showing little movement.

The full breakdown of the poll is:

  • Fine Gael 33% (+4)
  • Fianna Fáil 25% (-4)
  • Sinn Féin 19% (+1)
  • Labour 5 (no change)
  • Independent Alliance 3 (-2)
  • Green Party 2 (-1)
  • Social Democrats 1 (no change)
  • Solidarity-People Before Profit 1 (no change)
  • Other Independents (including Independents4Change) 10 (+1)

It is the second poll today to return good news for Varadkar – a poll carried out this morning by Amarách Research for RTE’s Claire Byrne Live has found that 51% of people are satisfied with how Ireland’s youngest Taoiseach has handled his job so far.

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