Belfast Telegraph

Poll: Fine Gael extends support

Fine Gael has extended its support while backing for Fianna Fail continues to dwindle, according to the latest opinion poll.

Enda Kenny's party stands at 35% while Fianna Fail is at 14%, the Paddy Power/Red C survey showed - the first poll of the new year.

Labour has secured 21%, while Sinn Fein has 14% support.

The Green Party stands at 4% while Independents come in at 12%.

Eamon Gilmore continues to be the most popular candidate for Taoiseach at 37%, followed by Mr Kenny at 27% and Brian Cowen at 10%.

But in a boost for the ruling party, Brian Lenihan is regarded as the favourite as Finance Minister with 19% support, followed by Fine Gael's Richard Bruton at 18%, slightly ahead of his party colleague and current finance spokesman Michael Noonan at 16%.

Joan Burton, the spokesperson on finance in the Labour Party, receives 9% support.

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