Polls suggest varying support for political parties

Friday 14 June 2013 13.54
The two polls were carried out earlier this week
The two polls were carried out earlier this week

Two new opinion polls suggest differing fortunes for the political parties.

A Red C poll was taken for Paddy Power on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday among 1,000 voters.

After excluding the 19% of voters who were undecided, the poll found Fine Gael at 30%, up four points since the last Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post at the end of May.

The poll showed Labour down one to 10%, Fianna Fáil down two to 24%, Sinn Féin unchanged at 16% and others down one to 20%.

A second poll in tomorrow's Irish Times shows quite different results.

The Ipsos/MRBI survey was taken on Monday and Tuesday. It found 33% of voters are undecided. Once they are excluded, Fine Gael support is at 24%, down one point since the most recent Ipsos/MRBI poll, in February.

Labour is also down one point, at 9%, Fianna Fáil is unchanged at 26%, Sinn Féin is up three points to 21% and independents and others are down one at 20%.