New opinion poll gives Sinn Féin massive lead over Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael 8 months ago

New opinion poll gives Sinn Féin massive lead over Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

A huge boost for Mary Lou McDonald's party.

Sinn Féin has reached a record level of popularity in Ireland, according to a new opinion poll released on Friday, 10 December.


The latest Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI opinion poll – the first such poll since October – sees the party rise by three points to 35%, placing it a full 15 points ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, both of which are on 20%.

1,200 adults were surveyed at 120 sampling points across all constituencies in the country between Sunday 5 and Wednesday 8 December.

According to the latest figures, overall public satisfaction with the current administration has fallen to 43% – a drop of three points.

In terms of the overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of those polled – 57% – indicated that the Government has done a good job so far.


29%, meanwhile, expressed the negative viewpoint.

The full party breakdown in terms of popularity is as follows:

Sinn Féin – 35% (+3)

Fine Gael – 20% (-2)


Fianna Fáil – 20% (no change)

Independents – 11% (+1)

Green Party – 5% (-2)

Labour – 4% (no change)


Social Democrats – 2% (-1)

Solidarity / People Before Profit – 2% (no change)

Aontú – 1% (no change)

Elsewhere in the poll, the majority of those surveyed believe that bars and restaurants should not be closed (66%), that gyms should remain open (58%) and that schools should also not be closed, with an overwhelming 72% in favour of keeping education institutions open amidst rising Covid cases throughout the country.

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