New opinion poll finds that support for Government parties has increased
That said, Sinn Féin still remains the most popular party by some distance.
Support for the three Coalition parties has risen since the summer, according to a new opinion poll released on Thursday, 27 October.
The latest Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI opinion poll – the first such poll since July – shows Fine Gael up four points to 22%, as well as Fianna Fáil and Greens both up one point to 21% and 4% respectively.
On the other hand, Sinn Féin's points fell by one, though it remains first in terms of popularity with 35%.
Labour also saw a drop by one point to 3%, while the Independents and smaller parties decreased by four points to 16%.
In terms of party leaders, Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald's satisfactory ratings were the highest, with both receiving 45%.
Martin saw a rise of five points since July, while McDonald's points rose by two.
Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar's rating also improved significantly, moving up eight points to 44%, as did the Greens' Eamon Ryan who saw a bump of five points to 20%
This is as satisfaction with the Government also improved, rising nine points to 40%.
The Irish Times suggested that the recorded increase in the Government's popularity may be linked to the supports announced in last month's Budget.
Its opinion poll was conducted between 23 - 25 October among 1,200 adults at 120 sampling points across all constituencies.
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