Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Sinn Fein's support surges as Gerry Adams becomes most popular leader in Republic of Ireland

Sinn Fein Ard Fheis Day 2. President of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams is joined on tage by Vice President Mary Lou McDonald (left) and newly appointed MEP to replace Bairbe de Brun, Martin Anderson, after he delivered his Presidential address at the end of the Party's Ard Fheis at the INEC, Killarney.

Sinn Fein has more than twice the number of voters in the Irish Republic than the Labour party according to a new poll.

The poll asked people who they would vote for if a general election tomorrow were held tomorrow and Sinn Fein’s growing support was described in The Irish Times as showing the most dramatic change since a similar poll five weeks ago.

The paper’s report said Sinn Fein’s large amount of television and radio exposure for its campaign against the fiscal treaty accounted for its rising popularity.

Party leader Gerry Adams also saw an eight-point jump in his rating, making him the most popular leader.

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has Sinn Fein at double the dwindling support for coalition partners Labor.

Sinn Fein support is at a new high with party leader Gerry Adams enjoying an eight-point jump in his rating, making him the most popular leader.

The Irish Times reports that the core vote for the parties compared with the last poll was: Fine Gael, 23 per cent (down two points); Labour, 8 per cent (down two points); Fianna Fáil, 12 per cent (up one point); Sinn Féin, 18 per cent (up three points); Green Party, 1 per cent (no change); Independents/Others, 12 per cent (down one point); and undecided voters, 26 per cent (up one point).

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