Labour support doubles in latest poll

Labour has doubled its support over the last three months.

The latest opinion poll, due to be published tomorrow, shows the party has made significant gains, with popularity increasing from 7% to 14%.

Tánaiste Joan Burton was elected as Leader of the Labour Party at the end of June, and is now the second most popular political leader on a 45% approval rating – coming after Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, who dropped one point to 47%.

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has seen a 5% drop down to 35%, while Fianna Fáil's Michael Martin is down 6% – to 39%.

This latest Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll was conducted betweenAugust 4 – 13.

The survey was done by phone interview, speaking with 954 eligible Irish Voters, aged 18 or over, across all 43 constituencies.

When asked "If there was a General Election tomorrow, to which party or Independent candidate would you give your first preference vote?"—

• 24%said Fine Gael (- 2 points since the last poll on May 15)

• 22% selected Independents (-2)

• 19% chose Sinn Fein (-3)

• 18% said Fianna Fail (-1)

• 14% chose Labour (+7)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has increased his support by four points, to 37%, while his party remains unchanged on 2%.

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