Fianna Fáil maintain lead over Fine Gael in latest poll

It's the highest poll rating Fianna Fáil has recorded since 2008

Fianna Fáil maintain lead over Fine Gael in latest poll

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart Arbour Hill, Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil has opened up an 8 point gap over Fine Gael in a new opinion poll.

The Kantar Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent, showed that Fine Gael has plummeted four points to 25%, while Fianna Fáil has jumped six points to 33%. This is the highest rating Fianna Fail has recorded in the poll since 2008.

The opinion poll also found more than half of voters (53%) believe Mr Kenny should resign as Fine Gael leader, while one in four (25%) said he should remain in place.

The new poll is likely to lead to fresh calls for Enda Kenny to name his departure date and to make way for a new party leader. 

Mr Kenny’s personal satisfaction rating has dropped two points to 27%, while Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin’s rating has increased a point to 44%. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is on 30% while Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin is on 26%.

Meanwhile, in relation to the other parties Sinn Fein are unchanged at 20%, the Labour Party are down two points to 6%, the Independent Alliance are still at 5%, the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit are up one to 3% and Social Democrats are up one to 2%. Independent candidates are down two to 4%.

27% of people who took part in the poll said they were satisfied with the Government, while 64% of said they are dissatisfied with the current Government.

Finally, almost a third of those surveyed (32%) said they would never vote for Fine Gael and 36% said they would not vote for Sinn Fein.