New opinion poll shows record 75% approval rating for Leo Varadkar 3 weeks ago

New opinion poll shows record 75% approval rating for Leo Varadkar

The first Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll since the general election shows a surge in support for the Taoiseach and the Government.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s approval rating has surged to 75%, according to an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll published on Monday night.

The first such poll conducted since the general election in February, it indicates that support for Varadkar has increased by 45% to 75% since then, with approval ratings for Fine Gael (37%, an increase of 17%) and the Government (72%) increasing significantly in the time that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on Ireland.

While the approval rating for Fine Gael has surged since February, it has remained unchanged for Sinn Féin (25%) and declined for Fianna Fáil, with the party’s approval rating dropping by 9% to 14%. The Green Party, meanwhile, saw its approval rating increase by 4% to 12%.

After a draft for a programme for government was agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party on Monday, meanwhile – a programme that will see Micheál Martin take over as Taoiseach until the end of 2022 if ratified by members of the three parties – the poll revealed that an FG/FF/Green government was the most favoured option, supported by 36% of the public.

27% said they would prefer an alternative combination – which wasn’t specified – while approximately one in three respondents said they would be in favour of another general election.

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll was conducted over the phone with 1,200 respondents between 11 and 14 June; accuracy level is estimated to be approximately plus or minus 2.8%.

You can read more detailed findings from the poll in The Irish Times here.