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Enda Kenny is now the most popular political leader in Ireland

Not such a good day for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin.

Minister Joan Burton shares a laugh with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Minister Joan Burton shares a laugh with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE LATEST OPINION poll assessing the government has revealed an increase in support for the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

The Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes survey saw the satisfaction rating for the ruling parties leap by 11 points – up to a two-year high of 35 per cent.

It was good news all around for Taoiseach Enda Kenny who also saw his own personal ratings jump 10 points to 34 per cent, edging Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin off the top spot.

His Labour counterpart, Eamon Gilmore, also experienced a surge in popularity with his rating of 32 per cent – an increase of six points.

Their parties performed adequately too with Fine Gael climbing by five points to 30 per cent and Labour unchanged at 11 per cent.

The newspaper notes that the poll was taken after the official exit from the IMF/EU bailout last week.

In a turn-around, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams received his lowest ever rating with his personal satisfaction rating falling eight points to 33 per cent. His party also dropped behind Fianna Fáil in terms of popularity.

  • Fine Gael: 30 per cent
  • Fianna Fáil: 21 per cent
  • Sinn Féin: 15 per cent
  • Labour: 11 per cent
  • Independents: 21 per cent
  • Greens: 3 per cent

What do you think? Are you satisfied with the coalition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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