Fianna Fáil gain ground as Sinn Féin fall behind in latest public opinion poll 10 months ago

Fianna Fáil gain ground as Sinn Féin fall behind in latest public opinion poll

No change at the top.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Fine Gael colleagues top the table at Christmas according to the results of the latest public opinion poll.

Conducted by the Sunday Times and published in today's edition of the newspaper (23 December), the Behaviour and Attitudes poll shows that while Fine Gael remain the most popular party in Ireland, rivals Fianna Fáil are close behind.

Fine Gael register at 31%, up one point in the last five weeks, while Fianna Fáil are on 29%, an increase of two points.

The latest figures are bad news for Sinn Féin, who arrive at 17% (-6), representing something of a dramatic fall for Mary Lou McDonald's party.

Independents make up 10% (+1) of the vote. Labour, meanwhile, drop a point to 5%, while the Green Party rises to 3% (+2), Social Democrats are on 2% (+1), the Independent Alliance is up one to 2% and Solidarity/People Before Profit remains on 2%.

The poll was conducted face-to-face with 911 voters between 6 - 18 December.