Poll shows drop in support for FF

Saturday 25 April 2009 22.27
Brian Cowen - Drop in support for party
Brian Cowen - Drop in support for party

A new opinion poll shows a big drop in support for Fianna Fáil in the wake of this month's Supplementary Budget.

The Red C poll in tomorrow's Sunday Business Post also suggests that Libertas has not yet made much impact in the European Parliament election campaign.

Last month's Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post showed a five per cent bounce in support for Fianna Fáil.

However, in the wake of the Supplementary Budget, support for the party is down five points to 23%. Fine Gael is a full ten points clear at 33%, an increase of two while Labour also up two to 19%.

The Greens continue to escape the unpopularity of the Government, holding steady at 7%. Sinn Féin gain one to 8% and Independents and others are unchanged at 10%.

Red C also asked people how they would vote in the local and European elections on 5 June, and the figures are broadly similar, although Independents score slightly better in the locals, mainly at the expense of Fine Gael.

In the European elections, the poll found support for the new Libertas party at just 2%, leaving the party with a lot of work to do in the next six weeks.