New poll shows 56% support either FF or FG

We could see a return to a more traditional government in the next election based on the latest opinion poll.

The Red C research for the Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael is up three percentage points to 30%, while Fianna Fáil is up two points to 26%.

The Independent Alliance is down two points to 4%, Sinn Féin is also down two points to 16%, while the Labour Party has seen support slip one point to 5%.

Michael Brennan, political editor of the Sunday Business Post, said the results show the centre is holding strong.

"That's 56% of the first preference vote among the two big parties, which is quite striking," he said.

"It hasn't been that high since about the 2011 General Election.

"So perhaps [the poll indicates] a return to the traditional parties, but there been a Dáil break, and often the Government party does better then, so you may see a pick-up in support for other parties and independents in the coming weeks."

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