Sinn Féin is just 1 behind Fine Gael in the latest opinion

first_imgSINN FÉIN IS hot on the heels of Fine Gael in a new opinion poll, with places the opposition party just 1% behind the main coalition partner.The latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll puts Fine Gael at 25% (down 4) and Sinn Féin at 24% (up 4).When ‘don’t knows’ are included, the two parties are neck-and-neck at 17%. In a previous poll, Sinn Féin were six points ahead.Others are also performing strongly at 23% (up two), although no breakdown is provided, while the Green Party falls back from 2% to 1%.There’s a promising result for the lagging Labour party in this poll, as the change in leadership is seemingly already having an effect.The party’s support is up one-point to 8%, while party leader Joan Burton is enjoying a surge in approval compared to her predecessor Eamon Gilmore. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandIn the previous survey in April, 69% were dissatisfied with Gilmore as leader while just 16% were satisfied.Burton’s approval rating has now jumped to 27%, putting her on par with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (unchanged) and Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin (up one).There’s bad news for Sinn Féin on this front – Gerry Adams‘ slow decline in popularity since Feburary has continued, he’s now at 25% (down one).The majority of voters (53%) believe that Burton will now change the government’s austerity policies, while 52% believe Labour should pull out of government if austerity is not relaxed.So, to recap:Fine Gael – 25% (down four)Labour – 7% (up one)Fianna Fáil – 20% (down two)Sinn Féin – 24% (up four)Green Party – 1% (down one)Others – 23% (up two)All figures are with ‘dont knows’ excluded. When included, they make up 31% of the poll.But now, on to more important* matters – who’s to blame for the Garth Brooks debacle? Source: AP Photo/Mark HumphreyThis was also put to the public in the Sunday Independent/Millward Brown survey.It’s an even split between Aiken Promotions and Dublin’s city manager Owen Keegan, with 17% of people saying that they are most to blame.The country-western signer himself came under fire from 15%, while 14% believe that local residents are most to blame, and 11% the GAA.The nuclear option was taken by 7%, who think they’re all to blame.*Joke. Joke!Read: Labour drops to just 4 per cent in latest poll >More: Sinn Féin is now the most popular party in the State >last_img

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