Mixed messages for Fine Gael in two opinion polls

There is mixed news for Fine Gael in two new opinion polls this evening.

Enda Kenny’s party has gained two points in one poll, while dropping three points in another.

The Red C poll in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post gives the Coalition a reasonable chance of re-election with combined support for the Coalition at 41%.

Fine Gael stands at 31%, up three points in the last week, while Labour remains unchanged on 10%.

The poll, which sampled just more than 1,000 adults between Monday and Wednesday, also has Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil on equal support, at 17%.

That means Fianna Fáil are unchanged since last week, and Sinn Féin are down two.

Elsewhere independents are on 16%, with the Social Democrats and AAA/People Before Profit on 3%, the Greens on 2%, Renua on 1%. The margin of error is 3%.

However, the good news for Fine Gael is not replicated in the Behaviour & Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times.

That poll of 1,011 voters was taken over Monday and Tuesday, and has Fine Gael down by three points compared to the last edition three weeks ago, leaving them on 28%.

There, Fianna Fáil are unchanged on 20%, while Sinn Féin gain 1% to move up to 17%, and Labour gain 2% to rise to 8%.

Independents fall 1% to 14%, with the Social Democrats up three points to 4%, the Greens and AAA/People Before Profit are on 3%, Renua on 2%, the Workers Party on 1%.

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