New opinion poll shows increase in support for Sinn Féin 1 month ago

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.

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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.

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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.