Sharp drop in support for coalition government as poll shows approval of just 31 percent as Sinn Féin hits record high

Support for the coalition government has plummeted, according to a poll released today.

Satisfaction with the government has plummeted, with its overall rating falling 12 points and falling from 43 percent in April to 31 percent today, according to the latest poll by The Irish Time (Ipsus). This is the lowest rating the government has received in two years.

Amid the rising cost of living, Fine Gael has hit a record low, falling four points and exiting the party with the lowest rating in the Ipsos series since 1994.

Fianna Fáil is down 20 percent since the last poll in April. While Sinn Fein hit a record high, up 36 percent.

There was also a drop in support for government leaders, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s rank dropping 11 points and showing a 40 percent satisfaction rating.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was the least popular leader of any major party, with his rating down 12 points from 48 percent to 36 percent.

Green leader Eamon Ryan’s rating was also lowered from 19 percent to 15 percent.

In contrast, support for Sinn Féin has continued to rise as they gain three points, resulting in a 36 percent rating.

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald is also on the rise, coming in at 43%, a point up from the April poll.

Among those under 34, support for Sinn Féin is now more than 40 percent.

The standings of the parties when voters were undecided are as follows: Sinn Féin 36pc; Fianna Fail 20h; Fine Gael 18pc; Green party 3pc; work 4pc; and Independent/Other 20h.

The rising cost of living seems to make people less destiny in government to salvage the situation.

A total of 60 percent of respondents gave a negative answer when asked whether they believe the country is moving in the right or wrong direction.

Seven out of ten voters believe Ireland’s economic situation will deteriorate over the next 12 months.

Almost half of those surveyed (49 percent) said that the rising cost of living has impacted their lives, making it “a lot harder to get by financially,” while 41 percent said it’s made their life “a little harder.”

Only 10pc said they “have no difficulty”.

When participants were asked if they would support change, 38 percent wanted “radical change,” 47 percent said they would like to see “moderate change,” and 11 percent said they were “suspicious of change.”

Conducted by The Irish Times, the poll covered 1,200 adults at 120 sampling points in all constituencies between 10 and 12 July. Accuracy is estimated to be plus or minus 2.8 percent. Sharp drop in support for coalition government as poll shows approval of just 31 percent as Sinn Féin hits record high

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