Irish Times poll: Sinn Féin's move to the mainstream seems inexorable

Party consolidates support among working class and attracts wealthier and older voters

The Taoiseach has risen to 49 per cent approval, while Eamon Ryan dropped to 26 per cent. Photograph: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has risen to 49 per cent approval, while Eamon Ryan dropped to 26 per cent. Photograph: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

As the first anniversary of the formation of the Coalition Government approaches, it is the Opposition that makes the news today, as Sinn Féin establishes a clear polling lead with the highest level of support ever measured for the party in the long series of Irish Times Ipsos MRBI polls.

With 31 per cent support, the party enjoys a clear lead over its nearest rivals in Fine Gael, which sees a three-point drop in support today to 27 per cent. And Sinn Féin has a commanding 11-point advantage over Fianna Fáil, which is at 20 per cent today.

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