FG sees support drop in new poll

Support for Fine Gael has fallen in the latest political opinion poll.

The Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent shows Fine Gael with the support of 25% of voters, just one point ahead of Sinn Féin.

The poll also shows Fianna Fáil is losing support, while Labour - under new leader Joan Burton - are making modest gains.

967 people were sampled for the poll, between July 18 and 30, just before details of the water charges system were released.

The results show Fine Gael taking a hit - with support at 25%, down four points from the last similar poll three months previously.

Sinn Féin gains four points and now stands just a point behind - on 24 - four points ahead of Fianna Fáil, who are down two to 20.

Independents and others are up one point to 24, but Labour’s vote remains low, up just two points to nine.

However, there is some positive news for Joan Burton as her personal satisfaction rate is 27%, equal with Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin - and a full 11% ahead of where Eamon Gilmore was three months ago.

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