New poll suggests Fianna Fáil remains most popular party in Ireland

Support for Sinn Féin and Labour falls in new Sunday Times survey

Micheál Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin | File photo:

A new poll has found that Fianna Fáil was the most popular party in the run-up to last week's budget announcement. 

The survey by Behaviour and Attitudes for the Sunday Times puts Micheál Martin's party on 30% (up two points) with Fine Gael trailing behind on 26% (up three).

Many of the other opposition parties have fallen in popularity, by contrast:

  • Sinn Féin is down one point to 17%;
  • Labour support has slipped two points to 5%;
  • Independents and others are down one to 23%.

The Independent Alliance remains unchanged on 4%, the Workers' Party is on 3% (up two), the Greens are on 2%(unchanged) and the AAA-PBP is also on 2% (down two).

Renua is up one point to 1%, while support for the SocDems is down one to 0%.

The poll was taken between October 1st and 12nd, leading up to and immediately after the budget announcement. 

It was conducted on a sample of 917 eligible Irish voters, with a 3.3% margin for error. 

The last comparable survey was carried out from September 4th and 14th.