Support for Enda Kenny's Fine Gael has fallen by 3% points to 28%, according to the latest Paddy Power Red C poll.

Labour had an improved 9% first preference, up 2%. However, the picture for Labour leader Joan Burton is not so positive, with particularly low satisfaction among those suggesting they will vote for the party.

Fianna Fáil secured 20% of first-preference support, up 1% since November, and remains at a level that the party has been recording in and around for the past few months.

Sinn Féin secured 18% support, the same as two weeks ago.

Independent candidates and other parties accounted for 25% of the first-preference vote.

Independent candidates themselves secured 15% - 2% of which is attributed to the Independent Alliance candidates. PBP-AAA secure 4%, Social Democrats 3%, Greens 2% and Renua 1%.

It appears that lost Fine Gael support has drifted mainly towards their collation partners Labour and to a lesser extent towards Fianna Fáil.

Loyal support for each party is only in the low teens for most. Fine Gael has the potential to increase this to as much as 39%, but at the same time, Labour has 25% possible first-preference support, Fianna Fáil 28% and Sinn Féin 26%, suggesting a very fluid electorate.

Perhaps a more clear measure of future behaviour is voters’ perceptions on the Coalition that would be best for Ireland, in which it is clear that the largest grouping (43%) would like to see the current Coalition back in government, but many of these (26%) have suggested that this should be with the support of Independent candidates.