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Sinn Féin has overtaken Fine Gael to become the second most popular party, according to a new opinion poll.

A survey of a 1,000 voters was carried out by The Times Ireland and Panelbase between January 24th and 30th.

It has Fianna Fáil in the lead on 23%, followed by Sinn Féin in second on 21% and Fine Gael trailing on 19%.

The online poll has independents and others on 11%, followed by the Green Party on 10%.

The Social Democrats, Labour and Solidarity — People Before Profit all have 5% of voters' support, the poll found.

13% of people surveyed said they did not know who they would vote for on February 8th.

The margin of error for the poll was 3%.

When it comes to satisfaction with party leaders, Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald is the most popular with 34% of people surveyed saying she is doing a good job.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is on 33%, followed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on 31%.

The Green Party’s Eamon Ryan on 27% and Labour leader Brendan Howlin on 15%.

Today's survey is the third opinion poll of this General Election campaign.

Sunday Times / Behaviour and Attitudes poll carried out in the first two weeks of January put Fianna Fáil on 32%, Fine Gael on 20% and Sinn Fein on 19%.

A subsequent Business Post/Red C poll suggested popularity for Fianna Fáil was at 26%, followed by Fine Gael on 23% and Sinn Féin on 19%.

Main image: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald laughing as the party published their General Election 2020 Manifesto outside Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin last week. Photo:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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