Fine Gael and Labour enjoyed a modest boost in the latest opinion poll, which shows support for both parties up 2% in the last month.
The Red C/Paddy Power poll found 26% of voters would give Fine Gael their first preference if the general election was held tomorrow.
Independents were the next favourite option, with 25% pledging to vote for them, but that’s a drop of 2% from last month, while Sinn Féin came third, with no change at 21%.
Fianna Fáil were down 1% to 17%, the Labour party was back up to 9%
and the Green Party fell by 1% to capture just 2% of the vote.
The proportion of undecideds rose by 1% to 14%.
The poll, for RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show, was conducted between Monday and Wednesday this week when Sinn Féin was dominating headlines, initially for a spirited party convention but afterwards for the latest revelations about sex abuse by republican figures and allegations of cover-ups.
In those circumstances, the static result in the polls is probably a welcome result for the party, but Fianna Fáil will be frustrated that they have failed to capitalise on months of voter dissatisfaction with the Coalition.
Independents will also be concerned to see that their support is slipping, but they have been out of the spotlight in recent weeks and that may have contributed to the slide.
Another worry for Fianna Fáil is Micheál Martin’s failure to grow support for his leadership among the party faithful, just 55% of whom are satisfied with his performance.
That lags well behind the other party leaders, with top performer Enda Kenny enjoying a 79% positive rating among Fine Gael voters; followed by Labour’s Joan Burton on 74% and Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams on 71% among their respective supporters.
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