Monday, February 27, 2006


Fine Gael make gains in latest poll

Kenny will be encouragedI see courtesy of RTE that a new opinion poll has suggested Fine Gael has gained support at the expense of Fianna Fáil.

The 'Red C' poll in the Sunday Business Post found that Fianna Fáil support has dropped two points to 35%, while Fine Gael went up two points to 25% since last month.

It is the second in a series of monthly polls that will test the political temperature between now and the general election.

It is thought the drop in support for Fianna Fáil may be as a result of recent controversies over ministerial appointments.

Labour is down one at 12%, Sinn Féin is up one to 10%, the Greens have dropped two to 5%, while the PDs are up one to 4% and Independents are also up one to 9%.

Interestingly 39% of those polled said they were confident the economy could sustain the current rate of immigration, while 32% were not.

The results showed that 45% were confident that the economy is on the right track for the future, while 25% were not confident and 30% said they were neither.

I welcome these poll's findings as I think it is good for democracy in this state to have a strong alternative to the Government, however I don't think we're in a position right now where we can say we have a strong alternative.

As for Sinn Féin's increase of one, this might encourage their supporters but I simply attribute this to their Ard Fheis which I myself found quite good for the most part.

I would however expect that figure to drop in the next poll in light of the recent violence which occurred over the weekend.


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