Latest poll shows surge in support for Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit

The left-wing alliance is now four points ahead of Labour and only four points behind Sinn Féin

Latest poll shows surge in support for Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit

Brid Smith TD, Ruth Coopinger TD, Clr Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Paul Murphy TD at AAA-PBP think-in. Image: RollingNews.ie

There has been a major surge in support for the Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit, in the latest political opinion poll.

The Sunday Business Post poll was taken earlier this week, ahead of the Dáil vote on a proposed abortion referendum.

The poll of 1,000 voters was taken between Monday and Wednesday of this week - the days before, during and after the Dáil debate on a bill to call an abortion referendum.

That bill caused problems for the Government in how it responded. Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance backed a counter-motion, which saw an agreement not to pass any bills on abortion while the Citizens' Assembly is still considering the subject.

The profile, however, appears to have helped the Anti-Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit, who tabled the original bill.

AAA/PBP are up three points to 9% in this latest opinion poll, four points ahead of Labour and only four points behind Sinn Féin (who are down two) among left-leaning parties.

At the top Fianna Fáil's lead over Fine Gael now stands at the bare minimum of 1%, with Fianna Fáil down 1% to 26% and Fine Gael unchanged on 25% compared to the previous poll five weeks ago.

Independents are on 10%, with the Independent Alliance up two to 6%. The Social Democrats and Greens are each on 3%.