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…


  • Ua Hoireabhard

    I’m absolutely convinced a huge proportion of the population don’t actually know what government is, or, at any one time, who’s in it.

  • Pete Baker


    Those party support figures are after the ‘undecided’ have been excluded.

    And some additional info from the Irish Times editorial

    A broadly negative view of the Government’s performance stands in contrast to the approval rating secured by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Going into the general election, the Fine Gael leader struggled with a satisfaction rating of 37 per cent. That has now grown to 53 per cent overall and to 81 per cent within his own party, an outcome that is likely to improve his self-confidence and silence his internal critics.

    Public satisfaction with the performance of Eamon Gilmore 44 per cent is up by four points, while Micheál Martin, with a disastrous general election behind him, has improved his standing by eight points to 37 per cent. Approval for Gerry Adams stands at 31 per cent and for the new Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, at 16 per cent.