New opinion poll shows increase in support for Sinn Féin
The latest political opinion poll suggests Sinn Féin are the most popular party in the country.
The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll sees Sinn Féin ranking as the most popular party in the country, with 31% support from likely voters.
The figure means Sinn Féin has risen to its highest-ever level in an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, seeing a rise of three points since February.
Fianna Fáil saw a six-point increase in support during the same time, rising to 20%, while Fine Gael is down three points to 27%.
The Green Party and Labour both saw no change, ranking at 6% and 3% respectively, while Independents and others fell six points to 13%.
The Irish Times reports that approval for the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has risen "very substantially" in the past few months.
70% surveyed said they thought the government is doing a “good job” in handling the pandemic, a rise of 25 points since February.
Meanwhile, the Government’s approval rating has also increased by 10 points during the same time with 53% now stating that they are satisfied with the coalition.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin's approval rating rose by seven points to 49%, his highest ever figure in the series.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's rating jumped by four points to 56%, with the Fine Gael politician remaining the most popular party leader.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald saw her rating drop by three points to 42%, despite her party's rise, while Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s fell by nine points to 26%.
You can read more detailed findings from the poll in The Irish Times here.