Sharp decrease in Govt support - poll

Saturday 17 December 2011 22.26
Satisfaction with Enda Kenny is down 14 points to 44%
Satisfaction with Enda Kenny is down 14 points to 44%

A new opinion poll shows the opposition gaining support at the expense of the Government parties in the wake of the Budget.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for tomorrow's Sunday Times also shows sharp decreases in support for the Government, the Taoiseach, and the Tánaiste.

The poll makes fairly dismal reading for the Government, which sees its satisfaction rating drop by ten points to 26%.

Fine Gael support is down seven points since the last Sunday Times poll eight weeks ago, to 30%, while Labour loses four points to 11%.

Fianna Fáil support is up five to 20%, although the party is still behind Sinn Féin, up two points to 21%; independents and others are the other big winners, up four points, to 18%.

Satisfaction with Enda Kenny is down 14 points to 44%; Eamon Gilmore drops 11 to 35%; Micheál Martin is up four to 40%; while Gerry Adams is down two to 48% - still the highest satisfaction rating of any party leader.