According to the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll, Sinn Féin increased its support in the Republic in the same week it recorded a historic electoral victory in the North.
The popularity of the Mary Lou McDonald’s party has increased by a notch, with more than one in three (34 percent) voters now saying they will vote for Sinn Féin in the next general election. The result keeps the party’s position as the most popular in the country.
Sinn Féin secured 29 per cent of the preferential vote in the general election, meaning Northern party leader Michelle O’Neill is in pole position to become Northern Ireland’s first nationalist First Minister.
The Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll signals bad news for Fianna Fáil as the party dropped two points after controversy in recent weeks over the location of the new National Maternity Hospital and a government plan to ban the sale of turf and now is 16 percent.
However, Taoiseach Michéal Martin is still the country’s most popular political leader with an approval rating of 4.5 out of 10. Ms McDonald is slightly behind him with a rating of 4.4 out of 10.
Both leaders saw their approval ratings rise marginally since the last poll last month.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s rating has increased slightly, from 3.8 to 3.9 out of 10, while Fine Gael increased their overall party popularity by one point to 23 percent. However, it is still 11 percentage points behind Sinn Féin.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s rating is the lowest of any political leader at 2.1 out of 10, while his party’s support remains unchanged at 3 per cent.
Elsewhere, Labor is unchanged at 4 percent, Social Democrats are down two points to 4 percent, Solidarity-People Before Profit is up two points to 4 percent, Aontu is flat at 3 percent and Independents/Others are up two points to 8 percent fallen.
More than half (51 percent) of respondents thought the government was doing a good job, while 34 percent said they disagreed. 16 percent said they weren’t sure the government was doing a good job.
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/news/sinn-fein-remains-the-most-popular-party-in-the-country-but-micheal-martin-is-the-leader-with-the-best-approval-rating-poll-reveals-41625392.html Sinn Féin remains the country’s most popular party – but Micheál Martin is the leader with the best approval ratings, a poll shows