Opinion poll indicates Fine Gael just one point behind Sinn Fein

The Red C poll for the Business Post suggests a fall in Sinn Fein’s support by four points.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald (Niall Carson/PA)

A new opinion poll has suggested that Fine Gael is just one percentage point behind Sinn Fein in terms of support.

The Red C poll for the Business Post indicates that after dominating polls in recent years, Sinn Fein’s support has dropped to 23%.

It comes shortly before voters will be called to go to the polls in both European and local government elections. The next general election must take place before March 22 next year.

The latest poll suggests Sinn Fein’s support dropped by four percentage points since last month, and has fallen from 36% in May 2022.

Taoiseach Simon Harris
Taoiseach Simon Harris (Damien Storan/PA)

Meanwhile Fine Gael’s support appears to be growing since electing Simon Harris as leader in March following the resignation of Leo Varadkar.

The latest poll has put Fine Gael support at 22%, up by two percentage points from last month, and up by four points in total since Mr Harris took the reins.

Support for Fianna Fail was put at 15%, and support for independent candidates at 19%.

Support for the Social Democrats was put at 5%, the Green Party and Labour both at 4% and People Before Profit-Solidarity and Aontu both at 3%.

The Red C poll is described as based on interviews with a random sample of 1,021 adults online between May 17-22.