New poll sees FG gain at Labour's expense

Monday 21 February 2011 12.24
Enda Kenny - Good news for Fine Gael in new Irish Times poll
Enda Kenny - Good news for Fine Gael in new Irish Times poll

Another opinion poll confirms that Fine Gael is on course to lead the next Government, having gained at the expense of Labour, while Fianna Fáil has failed to make a significant recovery.

The poll, in tomorrow's Irish Times, also shows that satisfaction with Enda Kenny's leadership of Fine Gael has risen significantly since the start of the election campaign.

Ipsos MRBI conducted this Irish Times poll on Thursday and Friday, among 1,000 voters nationwide.

Once the 19% undecided are excluded, it found support for Fianna Fáil is up one since their last poll two-and-a-half weeks ago to 16%; Fine Gael up 4% to 37%, while Labour drop five to 19%.

The Green Party is up 1% to 2%; Sinn Féin is down 1% to 11%, and Independents and others are unchanged at 15%.

Satisfaction with Micheál Martin is up four to 29%, while Enda Kenny's rating jumps seven points to 37%, just behind Eamon Gilmore who is down four at 40%.

John Gormley is up four to 19%, and satisfaction with Gerry Adams is up two at 29%.

Two other opinion polls - in the Sunday Business Post and Sunday Independent - also show Fine Gael on course to lead the next government, either alone or in coalition, while Enda Kenny is, for the first time, the leading choice to become Taoiseach.