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Labour Pains

Government takes a beating in new opinion polls

But it is good news for Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.

A PAIR OF opinion polls to be released in the morning will show a split opinion on support for Fine Gael, but will have Labour’s support still in single figures.

The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll shows that support for Fine Gael has risen to 29 per cent in April, up two points from the end of February.

That, however, is in major contrast to a Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll which shows support for the majority coalition partner down by nine points to 21 per cent.

For Labour, their lot has not improved, sitting unchanged at nine per cent in the Sunday Times poll, but down two points to six per cent in the Sunday Independent poll.

Overall satisfaction with the government has dropped since February to 28 per cent.

The government’s pain is, of course, the oppositions gain, with Fianna Fáil climbing in both polls. They are up by a point in the Sunday Times poll to 20 per cent support and up the same amount in the Sunday Independent poll to 22 per cent.

Sinn Féin find themselves down in the Sunday Independent poll by one point to 20 per cent, but up two points in the Sunday Times poll to 20 per cent.

The Green Party are up in the Sunday Times poll to four per cent, while the rise of independents and others continues, clocking in at 26 per cent in the Sunday Times and 23 per cent in the Sunday Independent.

The Sunday Times also finds that Enda Kenny’s personal satisfaction rating is down a point to 40, but Micheal Martin’s is up two per cent to 45, making him the second most popular leader in the country.

The top spot goes to Gerry Adams, who holds a 48 per cent satisfaction rating.

Eamon Gilmore and Eamon Ryan hold 37 and 33 per cent ratings, respectively.


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