Poll shows Labour support tumbling

Labour's support has fallen to yet another low in the latest political opinion poll.

The Red C poll for bookmakers Paddy Power puts the junior government partner on just 4%, which is down seven points in the last month.

Fine Gael stand on 22% (-3), and are tied with Sinn Féin (+4). Fianna Fáil are on 18% (-3). Independents have made the strongest gains in the poll, leaving them on 32% (+9).

The poll also finds that Joan Burton is the most popular candidate to become Labour leader, with 55% of support compared to Alex White's 30%.

Gerry Adams is the only party leader to see an increase in support, with approval ratings for others slipping or stable.

The Social Protection Minister, Joan Burton, said the Labour party have a lot to do to regain the trust of the people.

Burton, who is in the middle of the party’s leadership campaign, said everyone is recognising that there’s a significant job ahead.

Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams said he is not paying too much attention to the poll's findings.

"We're getting an opinion poll nearly every week, and obviously it's gratifying to see that there's public support here for Sinn Féin - but this was mostly ably demonstrated by the [recent] elections.

"The big question is what we do with the mandate that we have been given."

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