Support has declined for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, a new opinion poll has suggested.

The Irish Times Ipsos MRBI phone poll of 1,200 voters, however, indicates a substantial increase in support for Independents. 

The survey, which was conducted last Monday and Tuesday, estimates Fianna Fáil support is down 3 points to 14% when compared with the last poll in October.

Fine Gael support dropped by 5 points to stand at 30% - but it remains the largest party. 

Support for Sinn Féin has changed only marginally - down 1 point to stand at 28%.  

Unlike the other two coalition parties, the Greens are up 2 points to 6%. However, Labour drops one point to leave the party on 3% support. 

The Social Democrats are up one point to 3%. Both Solidarity-PBP and Aontú are unchanged at 1%. 

Yet, Independents are up a significant 5 points to 13%.  

This opinion poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8%.

When it comes to satisfaction with the party leaders, Micheál Martin is up 3 points to 42%; Leo Varadkar is down 13 points to 52% but he remains the most popular leader; Eamon Ryan jumps eight points to 35%; while Mary Lou McDonald remains steady at 45% - down just one point. 

Asked if the Government was doing a good job during the pandemic - 45% said they were, down 13 points since last autumn. 

51% thought they were not doing a good job - an increase of 15 points.