Fine Gael maintains its lead, but government dissatisfaction rises…

Today’s polls on in the Irish Times

Fine Gael, 38 per cent (up two points); Labour, 18 per cent (down one point); Fianna Fáil, 18 per cent (up two points); Sinn Féin, 10 per cent (no change); Green Party, 2 per cent (no change); and Independents/Others, 14 per cent (down one point).

No change, even on February’s election results, is the honest answer (probably best to ignore personal ratings, like the Lotto, they can go down as well as up at the spin of a wheel)… But there’s not a great deal of satisfaction with how the government is playing:

 …the Government’s satisfaction rating is a modest 37 per cent while 55 per cent are dissatisfied. Worryingly for the Coalition a majority of Labour voters are dissatisfied.

No one should be panicking, just yet…

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