Poll shows dip in support for Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin has experienced a five per cent fall in support according to the latest opinion poll. Pictured are leader in the Michelle O'Neill and party President Gerry Adams. Picture by Hugh Russell
Gareth McKeown

Sinn Féin has suffered a dip in support in the Republic according to the latest opinion poll.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll published in the Sunday Times shows a five per cent fall in support for the party in just a month to 18 per cent.

The poll says that Enda Kenny's Fine Gael has reclaimed its position as the most popular party, experiencing a seven point rise up to 29 per cent, just marginally ahead of Fianna Fáil (28 per cent), who registered no change.

The result puts Fine Gael ahead of Fianna Fáil for the first time since June 2016 in the figures.

Labour and the Independent Alliance dropped slightly, both now with five per cent support.

Satisfaction in the current government went up eight points to 34 per cent while the Taoiseach's personal rating also rose by the same figure to 35 per cent, although he still trails the other party leaders in terms of popularity.

The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

The respondents were asked their political preferences between a 12-day period between March 30 and April 11 and the latest figures mark a significant change from the last similar poll conducted at the start of March.

Last month Sinn Féin overtook Fine Gael in an opinion poll for the first time to become the second most popular party in the south, climbing to a record high rating for the party (23 per cent) in the Sunday Times' regular polling of voters.

The results came just after the party enjoyed its most successful ever Assembly elections in the north, taking 27 seats, just one behind the DUP.

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