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%.