Poll: Fianna Fáil the most popular party in Ireland09/02/2013 - 08:36:46
A new opinion poll has placed Fianna Fáil at the top of the popularity chart for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis almost five years ago.
The Ipsos/MRBI Irish Times poll was taken before the landmark deal on the promissory notes this week.
It is two years since their worst election in living memory - but this poll shows that Fianna Fáil has bounced back.
When asked who they would vote for in a General election 26% of the people surveyed said Fianna Fáil, a rise of five points since the last poll in October.
A total of 25% said Fine Gael, that's down six points. Sinn Féin is on support levels of 18%, down two, while Labour are back on 10%, also down two.
Independents and others are on 20%, up six. The Greens are on 1%.
The figures do not include undecided voters. Around a third of those polled said they had not made their minds up, indicating that public opinion remains significantly fluid in regard to the main parties.
Satisfaction with the Government is down three points to 18%, while the Taoiseach's satisfaction rating is down four to 29%, the same rating as the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.
The poll was taken before this week's deal on the promissory notes.
The figures would also not reflect the full impact of the Coalition's handling of the McAleese report on the Magdalene laundries.
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