Fine Gael and Labour struggle for support in opinion polls

Independents and Others are the most backed grouping in the three sets of findings

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton during the announcement of Budget 2015: Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show Fine Gael and Labour struggling for support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton during the announcement of Budget 2015: Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show Fine Gael and Labour struggling for support. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

 

Three opinion polls to be published tomorrow show the Government parties struggling for support.

The findings will be of particular concern to the Labour Party which had a backing of 5 per cent in two of the polls and 6 per cent in the other.

All three studies show Independents and Others to be the most popular political grouping.

Support for Sinn Féin is up in two of the polls and down significantly in the third. Fianna Fáil is up in one poll, down in another and unchanged in the third.

A Behaviours & Attitudes poll for The Sunday Times shows Fine Gael on 24 per cent (-1 since the last poll two months ago); Fianna Fáil on 18 per cent (no change); Sinn Féin on 22 per cent (+3); Labour on 5 per cent (-4); the Green Party on 1 per cent (-2); and Independents and Others 29 per cent (+4).

A Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post puts Fine Gael on 21 per cent (-1 since the last poll four weeks ago); Fianna Fáil on 19 per cent (+1); Sinn Féin on 24 per cent (+2); Labour on 6 per cent (-2); and Independents and Others at 30 per cent (no change).

A Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent found support for Fine Gael at 22 per cent (unchanged since the last poll two months ago); Fianna Fáil on 18 per cent (-2); Sinn Féin on 21 per cent (-5); Labour on 5 per cent (-2); and Independents and Others 32 per cent (+9).

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll earlier this month put Fine Gael on 19 per cent (-5); Labour on 6 per cent (-3); Fianna Fáil on 21 per cent (+1); Sinn Féin on 22 per cent (down two points); and Independents and Others on 32 per cent (+9).