New opinion poll suggests Fine Gael still the most popular political party.Saturday 23 February 2013 22.36
A new Red C / Sunday Business Post opinion poll suggests Fine Gael is still the most popular political party at 28%, Fianna Fáil is suggested to be at 26%, Independents and others are at 18%, Sinn Féin is suggested to be at 16% and the Labour Party at 12%.
The Red C poll for tomorrow's Sunday Business Post suggests support for the Government parties is steady.
Fianna Fáil's recent increase in public support has been indicated to be at the expense of Sinn Féin and Independents.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 voters between Monday and Wednesday of this week.
It shows support for Fine Gael unchanged at 28%, for the third Red C poll in a row.
The Labour Party has inched up by one point since last month's poll to 12%.
Fianna Fáil is suggested to be up five points to 26%. The party's gain is at the expense of Sinn Féin, which drops three points since January to 16%.
Independents and Others are also down three points to 18%.
The results are deemed similar to the recent Irish Times and Sunday Independent polls.
The main difference is that the Sunday Business Post poll suggests that support for Fine Gael is a bit higher than the average, and for Sinn Féin it is suggested to be a bit lower.
Red C polls since the Autumn have indicated a slow but steady rise in the Fianna Fáil party's rating, culminating in this week's big jump.
The other question is for the Government parties, who will be wondering where is the the bounce in support they were expecting from the deal on promissory note.