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New poll shows Fine Gael is slumping while Fianna Fail is surging

The poll comes as the party’s leadership race hots up.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is spending the weekend discussing his position with supporters.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is spending the weekend discussing his position with supporters.
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FINE GAEL’S SUPPORT has slumped and is now eight percentage points behind Fianna Fáil, heaping pressure on Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

That’s according a new poll published in today’s Sunday Independent which found that Fine Gael’s support has dipped by four points since October and now stand at 25%.

In that same period, Fianna Fáil’s support has climbed by six points to 33%.

Sinn Féin’s support has remained steady at 20% with Labour falling by two points to 6%.

Support for Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before profit has grown by a point to 3% while support for the Independent Alliance held steady at 5%.

Independents dipped two points to 4% while the Social Democrats ands the Green Party both sit on 2%.

In a further blow to the Taoiseach’s position, the poll found that 62% of people were dissatisfied with his performance compared to 27% who were satisfied.

In a head-to-head choice, the poll also canvassed support for the two favourites to succeed Kenny, Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney.

Varadkar came out on top with 27% compared to Coveney’s 23%, although 24% of people responded either ‘somebody else’ or ‘neither’.

Significantly perhaps, Varadkar’s lead is wider among Fine Gael supporters who back him over Coveney by 37% to 28%.

The poll in question surveyed a sample of 960 people between 6-16 February.

Read: ‘Distracting and destabilising’: Leo Varadkar says ‘everyone is waiting’ on a decision from Enda >

Read: Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael TD to say he has no confidence in Enda Kenny >

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