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Sinn Féin now has ten-point lead over Fine Gael, latest poll shows

Sinn Féin leads Fine Gael by 10 points, according to the latest Sunday Times opinion poll. Leo V...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

08.22 12 Sep 2021


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Sinn Féin now has ten-point le...

Sinn Féin now has ten-point lead over Fine Gael, latest poll shows

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

08.22 12 Sep 2021


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Sinn Féin leads Fine Gael by 10 points, according to the latest Sunday Times opinion poll.

Leo Varadkar's party has dropped two points to 23% - while Mary Lou McDonald's is up three, at 33%.

It's the first poll since Mr Varadkar and his Fine Gael colleague Simon Coveney became embroiled in the controversy over the appointment of Katherine Zappone as a UN special envoy.

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There's been little change elsewhere in the Behaviour & Attitudes poll, with Fianna Fáil up one point to 21%, and Labour and Greens unchanged at 5% each.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's personal satisfaction rating has also fallen by nine points, to 39%.

Mary Lou McDonald remains the most popular party leader, with a 48% satisfaction rating (down one point on the last poll).

Satisfaction ratings have remained unchanged for Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin (45%) and Labour's Alan Kelly (44%), while Green leader Eamon Ryan's rating has risen by two points to 34%.

However, the poll shows overall satisfaction with the Government has fallen by four points to just 42%.

Stephen O'Brien, the political editor of The Sunday Times, says there's an obvious reason for Leo Varadkar's drop in popularity.

He said: "The context is [the poll's] coming after what has been a difficult summer for Fine Gael, following the controversy over the appointment of Katherine Zappone as UN special envoy.

"The other controversy, I guess, involving the Tánaiste was he was photographed at a live open-air concert in London... he drew some criticism from opposition parties about that, as the Electric Picnic had just been cancelled here in Ireland."

Main image: Mary Lou McDonald. Picture by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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