Poll gives reality check and some encouragement to Government
Sinn Féin the dominant – and perhaps unassailable – force on the left of Irish politics
Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Julian Behal
The first Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll to be conducted since the coalition government took office three months ago contains a reality check, some encouragement, and a warning for the tripartite administration on the eve of its first budget.
The most obvious finding of the poll is that this Government will not inherit the stratospheric approval ratings that its predecessor enjoyed at the end of its term. Reality check.