Fianna Fáil most popular party, new poll shows

Satisfaction with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is now at 29 per cent, the same rating as Taoiseach Enda Kenny, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Satisfaction with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is now at 29 per cent, the same rating as Taoiseach Enda Kenny, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Fri, Feb 8, 2013, 00:00

Fianna Fáil has recovered ground to become the biggest party in the State, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week before the landmark deal on the promissory notes.

Fianna Fáil has gained five points since the last Irish Times poll in October, while Fine Gael has dropped six and Labour has dropped two points.

Satisfaction with the Government is down three points while satisfaction with Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dropped four points, bringing him level with Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin.

When people were asked who they would vote for if a general election were held tomorrow, the figures for party support – when undecided voters are excluded – compared with the last Irish Times poll were: Fine Gael, 25 per cent (down six points); Labour, 10 per cent (down two points); Fianna Fáil, 26 per cent (up five points); Sinn Féin, 18 per cent (down two points); Green Party, 1 per cent (down one point); and Independents/Others, 20 per cent (up six points).

The survey was undertaken among a representative sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.

The core vote for the parties compared with the last Irish Times poll was: Fine Gael, 16 per cent (down four points); Labour, 6 per cent (down two points); Fianna Fáil, 17 per cent (up three points); Sinn Féin, 12 per cent (down two points); Green Party, 1 per cent (no change); Independents/Others, 14 per cent (up four points); and undecided voters, 34 per cent (up one point).

Satisfaction with the Government and the Coalition leaders has dropped to its lowest level since they took office in March 2011.

The Government’s satisfaction rating has dropped three points to 18 per cent while satisfaction with Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also fallen to 29 per cent.

Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has dropped to 17 per cent, a fall of six points since the last poll.

By contrast Micheál Martin has gained a point to 29 per cent, the same rating as Mr Kenny.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has dropped two points back to 27 per cent.

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