Poll shows 1% rise in Govt support

Thursday 12 January 2012 20.04
Fine Gael and Labour are up one point in the poll
Fine Gael and Labour are up one point in the poll

The first opinion poll of 2012 shows a marginal improvement in support for the Government parties since the Budget.

However, the Red C poll for Paddy Power indicates that 15% of voters say they will not pay the Household Charge.

The poll was carried out between Monday and yesterday and is the first Red C poll since the weekend before the Budget in December.

In terms of party support, it shows very little movement, with Fine Gael and Labour up one point to 33% and 16% respectively.

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin drop a point to 17% and 14 %, while Independents and others are unchanged at 20%.

More interesting are the numbers on the Household Charge, as 24% do not know if they are liable for the charge, while 19% say they do not have to pay it.

The poll shows that 42% know they are due to pay it and say they will.

However, 15% say they know they are liable for the charge, but they are not going to pay it.