Monday, May 29, 2006


Government support waning

Whoops! I'm pleased to see that support for the current government is waning, according to the latest polls.

The survey, carried out by Red C Marketing for the Sunday Business Post, shows that if an election took place now, Fine Gael and Labour would have enough support to form a Government.

Support for both Fianna Fáil and the PDs is down, with their combined total now at 38 points.

On the other hand there is good news for the alternative coalition as the combined Fine Gael and Labour support has reached 40%, which would give them enough votes to take power if a General Election was called now.

Commenting on the poll's results, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said the Government's showing in the latest opinion poll is not where it wants to be while Junior Minister Tom Parlon admitted that the Government needs to focus on the positives to win back support:

"It’s clearly a wake-up call, and I’m sure it means that we’re going to have a much more competitive election."

As someone who favours a change of government, I am pleased with recent polls which have shown dissatisfaction with the status quo.

The onus is now on Fianna Fáil and the PDs to get their act together and convince the Irish people that they deserve another term whilst Fine Gael and Labour, as well as the rest, need to convince the electorate that they can offer a better alternative.

If anything, this is healthy for Irish democracy and I look forward to the next 12 months which will no doubt prove most intriguing.


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