Latest opinion poll shows Fine Gael popularity boost
Leo Varadkar and his party have had a bump.
The latest Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll reports that Fine Gael has overtaken Fianna Fáil as the most popular party in the country.
The poll marks the first time Fine Gael has held an advantage over Fianna Fáil since March this year.
The survey of voters was carried out over a 13-day period up to last Tuesday and shows Fine Gael on 29%, a three point bump on the previous poll carried out last month.
Fianna Fáil has seen a slight dip and is down to 28% while Sinn Féin is on 16%, a four point drop on their last poll.
The Green Party is up one point to 6%, while Labour has risen two points to 5%.
Solidarity/People Before Profit is on 3%, up two points, while the Independent Alliance are down two points to 2%.
Meanwhile, Aontú and Renua are both polling at 0% each.
While Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously stated his preference for a general election in May next year, he has not ruled out a snap general election this side of Christmas.
His own satisfaction rating is up five points to 45% and voter satisfaction with the performance of government is also up five to 38%, and will likely fuel speculation of a general election in November.