A Millward Brown/IMS poll in the Sunday Independent puts the Sinn Fein vote in the Irish Republic at 8 per cent, down one point since last month.
There has also been a 12 per cent drop (to 37 per cent) in the number of voters who think SF should be included in coalition government.
A majority (51 per cent) now believe Sinn Fein should not be included compared to 39 per cent when the question was last asked in a similar poll in November 2004. However, Gerry Adams’ personal popularity has improved three points after the hammering he took in the last poll.
Is this continuing slippage or is the worse over?