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Mixed messages in latest polls
06 Feb 2016 22:10
Three new opinion polls tonight bring mixed messages for all the main political parties.
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The three polls conducted around the same time suggest there is still a lot to play for as the election campaign moves into its first full week.
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The latest nationwide polls give every party and Independent something to fight for in the weeks ahead.
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The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll puts Fine Gael at 31% - up 2% from the last poll a week ago.
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There's no change for Labour on 10% or Fianna Fáil on 17%. Sinn Féin, also on 17%, are down 2% and there is no change for Independents /Others at 25%.
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Within that, Independents are 17%, the Independent Alliance is at 2%, the Social Democrats and the Anti-Austerity-Alliance People-Before-Profit (AAA PBP) group are both on 3%. The Green Party is at 2% and Renua is at 1%.
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In the Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll, Fine Gael are at 28%. This is a drop of 3% from the last comparable poll.
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Labour are up 2% at 8% while there is no change for Fianna Fáil on 20%.
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Sinn Féin are on 17% - up 1% and there is no change for Independents/Others on 26%.
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Within that, Independents are on 10%, the Independent Alliance support is at 4%, the Social Democrats are at 4%, the Green Party and the AAA PBP are both on 3%. Renua is on 2 % and the Workers Party is at 1%.
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All the changes in these polls are within the typical margin of error of plus or minus 3%.
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Meanwhile a Sunday Independent Millward Brown Poll suggests a drop in support for the government parties since the last comparable poll in November.
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It measured Fine Gael support at 27%, down two points. Labour dropped one point to 6%. Fianna Fáil are down two points to 22%.
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Sinn Féin are unchanged on 21% while Independents and smaller parties are on 23% - that's an increase of three points.
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The nationwide poll carried out over ten days up to Thursday last has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.
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