In today’s Red C poll commissioned by the Sunday Business Post, Fine Gael stands on 38%, a rise of three percentage points since last Sunday despite the controversy over the party leader Enda Kenny’s decision not to take part in the first of the leaders debates.
Labour is down two points to 20%. Support for Fianna Fáil has also dropped, down two points to 15%, with Sinn Féin down three to 10% and the Green Party on 3%, up one point.
There has also being a slight bounce in support for Independents and others, up three points to 14%.
This Red C poll was carried out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so it should take fairly full account of the impact of the TV3 Leaders’ Debate on Tuesday night, and of the criticism of Enda Kenny for not taking part in it.
Red C polled more than one thousand voters around the country, and found the number undecided down three points since last week, to 17%.
The survey of a 1,000 people was carried out by RED C and is published in today’s News of the World.
Some 71% said they did not trust Gerry Adams to handle the economic crisis, while 67% said they did not trust Sinn Féin.
For Sinn Féin, the campaign is going the wrong way – it started strongly, but is fading away. Falling by three points to 10 per cent is evidence of the difficulty for all small parties – making their voices heard in the cacophony of a campaign.
The party will take seats where it has strong candidates and a strong base, but it appears that there will be no surge for Sinn Féin.