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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Poll: Surge in support for Sinn Fein in Republic of Ireland

Published 07/10/2011 | 08:19

Irish presidential hopeful Martin McGuinness
Irish presidential hopeful Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness with Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured canvassing with Martin McGuinness, Alex Maskey and Danny Morrison shortly after he was shot and injured in a UDA gun attack in Belfast city centre.
Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein, pictured leaving court in Belfast after charges against him involving IRA membership were dropped 1976.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (right) with Martin McGuinness during negotiations at Hillsborough Castle
Northern Ireland's First Minister Ian Paisley, left, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are seen after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness chuckle after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley
Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the opening of Ireland's first IKEA store in Belfast
Things are looking up: Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley, right, and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in New York look around Times Square after visiting the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007
Ian Paisley, left, and Martin McGuinness, right, attend the opening of the New Victoria Shopping complex in Belfast
Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein waves to people on a balcony, as he waits for the results to be declared in the Northern Ireland elections at Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Thursday, March, 8, 2007
From left, Peter Robinson, Matt Baggott, and Martin McGuinness, after a meeting to discuss the violence
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) and First Minister Peter
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in the White House with President Obama
Pacemaker Press 12/10/09 Secretary Of State of the US Hilary Clinton is greeted by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as she arrives at Stormont Castle during her visit Belfast Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Martin McGuinness said if he became President of Ireland he would be willing to meet all international guests, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Martin McGuinness's presidential campaign has helped Sinn Fein become the second most popular political party in the Republic of Ireland, according to a new survey.

The Ipsos/MRBI survey was conducted for the Irish Times and shows that the party's support is now in line with that of its presidential candidate Martin McGuinness.

Fine Gael remains the most popular political party at 35% , down 3% since July. However, this support is not transferring to its candidate Gay Mitchell, who received just 9% support for his presidential bid.

Sinn Fein are on 18%, which is almost double the support they received in February's election. Mr McGuinness received 19% support in the same poll.

Labour is down 1% to 17%, while Fianna Fail is at 16%, down 2%.

The poll surveyed 1,000 voters in all 43 constituencies on Monday and Tuesday of this week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

Source Irish Independent

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