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Fine Gael remains on top with Sinn Féin in second while Greens drop sharply in latest opinion poll

Approval with the government has plummeted since June according to the latest opinion poll.

Satisfaction with the government is less than 50% according to the new poll.
Satisfaction with the government is less than 50% according to the new poll.
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FINE GAEL HAS dropped two points but still remains the most popular party, as satisfaction for the government has fallen sharply according to a new opinion poll.

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has Fine Gael on 35%, Sinn Féin up four points to 29%, Fianna Fáil up three to 17% and the Green Party down eight to 4%. 

Labour have gained two points and are now at 4%, Independents and small parties are at 11%, Solidarity-People Before Profit are at 1% while the Social Democrats are at 2%. 

The outgoing Fine Gael-led government – buoyed by the handling of the early stages of the pandemic – had a satisfaction rating of 72% in June. Satisfaction with the government is now at 48% according to the latest opinion poll. 

Approval ratings for the main party leaders have also fallen since June. 

Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s approval rating is at 39% (down 7), Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is at 65% (down 10), Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is at 27% (down 13).

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The approval rating for Mary Lou McDonald, who leads the largest party in opposition, is down three to 46%. 

The drop in support for the government follows a tumultuous few months since the formation of the coalition, marked by a number of damaging events including Golfgate and errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

This poll was taken between Saturday 3 October and Tuesday 6 October and included 1,200 responses. The poll has a margin of error +/- 2.8%.

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