New poll suggests Labour leadership change has increased party support

Monday 18 August 2014 15.29
Joan Burton was elected Labour leader after the party suffered its worst ever electoral defeat
Joan Burton was elected Labour leader after the party suffered its worst ever electoral defeat

A new opinion poll suggests that there has been a significant boost in support for the Labour Party since the change of leadership.

Tomorrow's Sunday Times / Behaviour & Attitudes poll, based on a nationwide sample of just under 1,000 people was conducted between 4 August and 13 August. 

Labour has doubled its support since the local elections in May.

Joan Burton was elected leader of the party just weeks after the it suffered its worst ever electoral defeat in the Local and European elections.

In May, the Labour Party had 7% of national support in the local elections.

The latest findings show that  Fine Gael is at 24% down two points, Labour 14%, up seven and more than twice party support in the May election.

Support for Fianna Fáil stands at 18% down one; Sinn Féin 19% is down two and Independents and Others are 24%, down two points.