Sinn Féin once again topped the polls and became the most polpular political party among the people of the Republic of Ireland.
The latest Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll finds that Sinn Féin has a support of 33% of the people, which is a 3% increase from the last survey. But the ruling coalition’s Fine Gael dropped 2% and now has the support of 23% of the people.
In another survey by Business Post/Red C also found Sinn Féin leading in terms of popularity with 29% support from the public. This result is same as the last survey carried out by them. But Fine Gael again faced backlash and dropped one point to 28% this time.
The opinion poll results come just after weeks of Minister Catherine Zappone controversy and the government’s new ‘Housing for All’ plan unveiling. And from that point of view it can be seen that, while the ‘Housing for All’ plan couldn’t help Fine Gael to get in to the heart of the public, the Zappone controversy has made a very bad impact. The ongoing controversy is becoming worse and new revelations are being made each day.
Another happy news for Sinn Féin is that, the party leader Mary Lou McDonald is the most popular political figure in the country even after losing one point. She now has a support of 48% of the public. Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin (45%), Labour’s Alan Kelly (44%), Green Party leader Eamon Ryan’s (34%) are below Ms.McDonald. But the support of Ryan has been increased by two points which is encouraging for the Green.
The public support for the whole government has also fallen four points and now stands at 42%.