Leo Varadkar approval rating as Taoiseach drops to its lowest level, new poll reveals 2 weeks ago

Leo Varadkar approval rating as Taoiseach drops to its lowest level, new poll reveals

Support for Fine Gael has also dropped substantially.

Less than half of the country is now satisfied with Leo Varadkar's abilities as leader of the country, according to a new poll run by The Irish Times.

While he still remains the most popular of all of the party leaders, he has still dropped to the lowest satisfaction rating since becoming Taoiseach, dropping from his previous level of 60% (according to a poll at the start of 2018), to the latest poll results of just 43%.

On top of that, Fine Gael have dropped to just 30% of potential voters who would support the party (down from 33% in October), with the other parties results as follows: Fianna Fáil - 24% (down one); Sinn Féin - 21% (down three); Labour - 6% (up two); Independents/others - 19% (up five).

Meanwhile, as far as the individual party leaders go: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin's approval rating is 35% (down four), Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald's is 33% (down seven), while Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin's rating is 19% (up one).

Overall government satisfaction levels by the poll's representative sample of 1,200 voters was down to just 38%, dropping one point since the same question was asked just five months ago.