Sinn Féin support rises in latest poll

Sinn Féin seem to have ridden out the storm over the McCartney murder and the Northern job in the Irish Republic with the party’s support up two points to 11% in the latest (subs needed) opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Times.

Personal satisfaction with party leader Gerry Adams is also on the rise, up eight points to 38%. The poll also shows a big swing in support away from the Government towards the alternative Rainbow coalition.In the TMS-MRBI survey, support for Fianna Fáil is now at 32%, down six percentage points.

Fine Gael support at 25%, is at its highest for five years while Labour is up two points at 14%. The PDs are at 4%, up one, while the Greens are unchanged at 4%.

Personal support for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is 54%, down four points while PD leader Mary Harney’s rating is down six to 41%.

Strangely, considering his party’s rise, FG leader Enda Kenny’s rating is down four to 41% while Labour leader Pat Rabbitte is at 48%, up three.