Poll suggests support for Government parties is unchanged

Saturday 20 February 2016 22.28
Fine Gael support is at 27% while Labour support is estimated at 6% in the Sunday Independent poll
Fine Gael support is at 27% while Labour support is estimated at 6% in the Sunday Independent poll

An opinion poll out tonight for the Sunday Independent suggests support for the Government parties is unchanged.

The poll carried out by Millward Brown found a small rise in support for Fianna Fáil and for Independents and some smaller parties.

This poll was carried out on Wednesday and Thursday and shows Fine Gael on 27%.

When you exclude the 13% of undecided voters, that figure is unchanged since the last poll for the newspaper earlier this month.

Labour too remains static in this poll - the party support is estimated at 6%. Fianna Fáil is up one point to 23%, while Sinn Féin drops two points to bring its support to 19%.

Support for Independents and Others has risen by two points to 27%.

Within that 27%: Independents are on 13%; the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit Alliance are at 5%; the Social Democrats are at 4%; the Green Party is at 2%; RENUA Ireland is also at 2% and the Socialist Party is on 1%.

This poll has a margin of error of around plus or minus 3%.

Earlier, two opinion polls brought mixed news for the Government parties.

Fine Gael strategists will be relieved the party is at 30% in each poll but their Coalition partners Labour have slipped back in both.

After a drop to 26% in the last Red C poll, Fine Gael strategists will take comfort from tomorrow's Sunday Business Post/Red C survey.

The poll of 1,000 voters was carried out between last Monday and Thursday and takes account of reaction to RTÉ's seven-way leaders' debate.

Fine Gael is up four points to 30%, while Labour has dropped one point to 8%. Fianna Fáil has also dropped a point and is now on 18%, while Sinn Féin is down one point to 16%.

Independents and others are also down a point to 28%. This is broken down as: Independents at 11%; Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit Alliance at 3%; the Green Party at 4%; Independent Alliance at 3%; RENUA Ireland at 2%; Social Democrats at 4% and Others at 1%.

Undecided voters, who stand at 11%, were excluded. This poll has a margin of error of around plus or minus 3%.

A third poll, The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll was conducted among 1,000 voters over last Monday and Tuesday.

When undecided voters, at 17%, are excluded this survey showed Fine Gael on 30%, up two points since the last poll earlier this month. Labour is on just 4%, a drop of 4 points. Fianna Fáil is at 22%, which is an increase of two points. Sinn Féin is at 15%, down 2 and, Independents/Others are at 30% which is an increase of four points.

A breakdown of the Independents/Others suggests: Independents at 10%; Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit Alliance at 5%; the Green Party at 3%; Independent Alliance at 5%; RENUA Ireland at 3%; Social Democrats at 3% and the Workers Party at 1%.

Labour party figures do not believe support is as low as the 4% finding in this poll but the four-point drop from the last poll is above the margin of error. And at 8% in the Red C poll the party is still in single figures.

This poll has a margin of error of around plus or minus 3%.