Fine Gael stay top but mixed news for Labour in new polls

Fine Gael remains the most popular political party in the country, according to the results of two new opinion polls released today.

The polls, to be published in tomorrow's Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post respectively, offer mixed messages about the performance of the Labour Party.

One poll said that the party is down by two percentage points; the other says support has grown by two points.

The Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post has Labour up two points, to 11%, while Fine Gael are up two to 29%.

It says Fianna Fáil has slipped one to 22%, while Sinn Féin are steady on 16 and others down three to 22%.

However, the Sunday Times poll from Behaviour and Attitudes says Labour are down two points to 9%, while Fine Gael are unchanged at 30%.

It says Fianna Fáil are down 2 to 19% - even though it says Micheál Martin is the most popular party leader - while Sinn Féin rise three to 18 and others stay on 24%.

There is at least one consistent sign - the Sunday Business Post marks the second poll this week on gay marriage.

For the second time this week, it has found that 76% of the public are in favour of full same-sex marriage.

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