June 10 2017 7:00 PM
LEO Varadkars victory in the Fine Gael leadership contest has resulted in no significant bounce for the party ahead of his appointment as Taoiseach next week, according to the latest opinion poll.
The first poll since Mr Varadkar was elected shows Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are neck-and-neck among voters with both parties at 29 per cent.
In fact, Fianna Fail is up two points in the poll compared to Fine Gael which is up just one point.
jesus phillip, make up yer mind !Philip Ryan
July 22 2017 8:45 PM
LEO Varadkars appointment as Taoiseach has resulted in a dramatic poll boost for Fine Gael.
The latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion shows a massive nine point swing between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail since Mr Varadkar succeeded Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
Fine Gael is up five points to 30pc while Fianna Fail is down four points to 29pc compared to a poll taken in February.
Mr Varadkars personal satisfaction rating (49pc) is far above that of his predecessor Mr Kenny (27pc). It is also the first time in more than three years that a Fine Gael leaders satisfaction rating is higher than Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin (45pc)
Those events preceded the last election. In a way they were the anti water charges party and the party is dying when their issue is no longer current with the abolition of water charges (for now).Paul Murphy is learning the hard way that Irish people don't like nastiness and thuggishness.
That probably explains part of it. However, austerity is still affecting many people so it hasn't gone away as an issue. Even though the defendants were found not guilty, the court case showed the party in a very unflattering light.Those events preceded the last election. In a way they were the anti water charges party and the party is dying when their issue is no longer current with the abolition of water charges (for now).
Almost identical to last week's poll. The political class have gone on their extended holidays and the pollsters should do the same. Even anoraks will be bored by them at this stage.
But wait.....what's this? SF NOT on 18%??? Shurely shome mishtake. Isn't it a statutory requirement at this stage that all Irish opinion polls must have SF on 18%?
I always wonder about their poll rating is it not nearly always between 18% and 20%. It been there give or take one or two every now and then for best part of four years. Only problem they seem to always under preform at election and come it at 13% or 14% like we saw at the last local and national elections.But wait.....what's this? SF NOT on 18%??? Shurely shome mishtake. Isn't it a statutory requirement at this stage that all Irish opinion polls must have SF on 18%?