SINN Féin has cemented its position as the country’s most popular party at the expense of coalition parties in the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll.
The latest monthly poll shows Sinn Féin at 33 percent, up two points from a month ago, making it easily the most popular party in the state.
Fine Gael is second at 22 percent, up one point from March, while Fianna Fáíl has fallen to 18 percent (down two) after rising three points in the March poll. The Greens are down one point to 3 percent.
The overall drop in support for the coalition parties this month likely reflects their struggles to cope with the rising cost of living and skyrocketing home energy bills that have angered consumers.
Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised the issue of the cost of living on the Dáil and over the airwaves, urging the government to introduce a mini-budget of measures that would cost €1.4 billion. Party leader Mary Lou McDonald has also overtaken Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in rating approval for leadership.
Ms McDonald’s approval rating among voters has risen 0.1 to 4.1 out of 10, while Mr Varadkar, the leader of the Fine Gael, has fallen 0.2 to 3.8 out of 10.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin remains the most popular of the four main party leaders with an approval rating of 4.3 out of 10, although that marks a 0.4 decrease from his March score. Green leader Eamon remains unchanged at 2.1 out of 10.
Meanwhile, new Labor leader Ivana Bacik is heartened by an increase in support for her party, which rose a point to 4 percent. However, it continues to lag behind the Social Democrats, who remain unchanged at 6pc.
Of the other parties, Solidarity-People Before Profit is down two points to 2 percent, Aontú is down to 3 percent, up one point, and Independents and Others is down to 10 percent, one point up from last month.
The sample size for the Ireland Thinks survey was 1,135 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 per cent.
For full poll coverage and expert analysis from Jody Corcoran and Kevin Cunningham, see tomorrow’s Sunday Independent and independent.ie
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sinn-fein-solidifies-position-as-most-popular-party-as-overall-support-for-coalition-falls-poll-reveals-41514603.html Sinn Féin cements position as most popular party as popular support for coalition falls, poll shows