Coalition support at lowest level yet in latest poll

A new opinion poll out today shows that the coalition has hit a new level of unpopularity.

Sinn Féin, however, have capitalised on their strong showing in the local and European elections.

The resignation of Eamon Gilmore, a promise to resolve the medical card crisis and even the expectation of a Cabinet reshuffle have all failed to make the electorate warm to the Government.

Today's Millward Brown opinion poll, carried out for the Irish Independent, claims that Enda Kenny's coalition is as unpopular as Brian Cowan's party in its latter days in Government.

The paper goes so far as to claim that Sinn Féin and Independents would get the majority of seats if there was a snap General Election.

The poll suggests an almost complete reversal of fortunes for Gerry Adams' party. They have 26% support, carrying on from their success in the recent elections.

Also faring well are Independents on 29%. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are tied on 20% each, while labour have just 5%.

Most tellingly the current dissatisfaction rating sits at 77%.

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