Fine Gael 'Further Behind Labour' At Polls

The Labour Party are claiming they are on course to lead the country after the next general election, after the results from a recent poll.

Eamon Gilmore's party has come out on top, ahead of both Fianna Fail and Fianna Gael.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has downplayed the polls significance, saying he didn’t "react very much to polls".

"There's polls coming out every day of the week now as far as I can see. They're a snapshot of opinion at the time I presume. You see a lot of variation in these polls over the last week. Obviously from our point of view as a Government we’re just concentrating on the job at hand and getting on with it. Polls will come and go I’m sure.”

The Ipsos MRBI poll in The Irish Times this morning asked a sample of people on Monday and Tuesday of this week who they would vote for if there was a general election tomorrow.

The figures for party support when undecided voters are excluded, compared with the last Irish Times poll on June 11th last, were: Fianna Fáil, 24% (and increase from 21%); Fine Gael, 24% (down from 27%); Labour, 33% (up from 29%)

Sinn Féin, fell two points to 8%, the Green Party halved their popularity to 2% while Independents and others stayed at 9%.

The poll used a representative sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all 43 constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 3%, according to the polling company.

The poll also found that satisfaction with Taoiseach Brian Cowen is up one point to 19%, despite last weeks embarrassment over the Morning Ireland interview, while Enda Kenny gained one point to 25%. Eamon Gilmore is now the most popular leader, up three points to 49%.


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