Ireland Fine Gael has overtaken Fianna Fáil for first time since general election

16:11  26 may  2017
16:11  26 may  2017 Source:   thejournal.ie

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When people were asked who they would vote for in a general election , 30% of people supported Fine Gael (up two points compared to the last poll in February), while Fianna Fáil came in at 27% (down two points).

When people were asked who they would vote for in a general election , party support, when undecided voters were excluded, was: Fine Gael , 30 per cent (up two points compared with the result of the February poll); Fianna Fáil , 27 per cent (down two); Labour, 5 per cent (up one ); Sinn Féin

Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny © Sam Boal/RollingNews Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny FINE GAEL HAS overtaken Fianna Fáil for the first time since the general election last year, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

When people were asked who they would vote for in a general election, 30% of people supported Fine Gael (up two points compared to the last poll in February), while Fianna Fáil came in at 27% (down two points).

Labour received 5% of support, while Sinn Féin received 20% and Independents/Others came in at 18%. Undecided voters were excluded from the above.

The poll findings offer a boost to Fine Gael as the party prepare to elect its new leader. Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s personal rating has seen a surge since he announced his departure.

Enda Kenny announces he will step down as Fine Gael leader

  Enda Kenny announces he will step down as Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny announces he will step down as Fine Gael leaderThe Mayo TD, first elected to the Dáil in 1975, confirmed his departure at a meeting of the parliamentary party this evening.

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Fianna Fáil has overtaken Fine Gael in an opinion poll for the first time in almost eight years Fianna Fáil has not appeared as a leading party in an opinion poll since before October 2008. an increase of four points on the previous poll carried out just before the General Election in late

Kenny’s personal satisfaction rating has increased from 31% to 43%, the highest rating he has achieved in almost six years.

The Government’s rating also improved, with 37% of voters saying they are satisfied with it. 55% per cent said they are dissatisfied.

The poll also shows a rating increase for Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, up by two points to 39%. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams also received a two point increase, up to 31%.

Meanwhile, the opinion poll showed that Simon Coveney has taken the lead on Leo Varadkar in the race for the party leadership among Fine Gael voters and voters in the general public.

48% of Fine Gael voters chose Coveney when asked their preferred choice for leader of the party, while 44% chose Varadkar. 8% of voters were undecided. The sample of solely Fine Gael voters is smaller than that of the national sample, leading to a larger margin of error.

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Fine Gael now leads Fianna Fáil for the first time since the general election last year according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. There has also been a sharp increase in satisfaction with the Government since the last survey in February.

Fianna Fáil has overtaken Fine Gael in an opinion poll for the first time in almost eight years Fianna Fáil has not appeared as a leading party in an opinion poll since before October 2008. an increase of four points on the previous poll carried out just before the General Election in late

A total of 42% of all voters said they would prefer to see Coveney as leader of Fine Gael, with 37% opting for Varadkar. One in five voters (21%) said they didn’t know.

Varadkar takes the lead in Dublin with 44% support, in Leinster and among wealthier voters.

Meanwhile, Coveney is the preferred candidate among less well-off voters, older voters, farmers and voters outside Leinster, where 56% would vote for him.

When asked a round of questions about the candidates’ strengths, voters prefer Coveney on trust, believing he is “more in touch with ordinary people”.

Varadkar is favoured to “deliver real change”.

The result comes as the pair prepare to head into their second day of hustings debates, which began last night in Dublin.

Three more hustings will take place over the weekend in Carlow, Ballinasloe and Cork.

The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, using a sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over.

Enda Kenny: An unlikely leader who confounded his critics .
Enda Kenny was an unlikely leader handed the reins of power during one of Ireland's most tumultuous economic upheavals. Dismissed by many early on as a lightweight, he arguably confounded critics by forging an international reputation for decisiveness with a ruthless instinct for political survival.The fitness fanatic and father-of-three's renowned energy and optimism made him, some say, the right man for the job at the time.Others accuse him of putting his own late-blossoming political ambition before the best interests of the country.

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