Fine Gael see eight point lead in new opinion poll

Micheal Martin remains the most popular party leader

Fine Gael see eight point lead in new opinion poll

Leo Varadkar. Image:

Fine Gael has opened an eight point lead over Fianna Fáil in the latest opinion poll.

The Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll puts satisfaction with the government up two points to 41%.

The poll was taken on the last day of August and first two weeks in September through face-to-face interviews with 937 people.

It shows Fine Gael up four to 33%, and Fianna Fáil down five to 25%.

Elsewhere, Sinn Féin is up one to 19%, Independents up one to 10%, Labour are static at 5%, The Green Party also unchanged at 2% and the Social Democrats remain at 1%.

It is an eight point lead for Fine Gael over Fianna Fáil - the gains are most pronounced in Dublin and with women voters.

Those polled were most satisfied with Micheal Martin as a leader, but his 53% rating was down 1%.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is catching up, with a 6% jump in satisfaction putting him on 49%.