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Fine Gael remains number one in popularity

DUBLIN: Despite a slight decline in support, Fine Gael is still number one in terms of popularity.

According to the latest Business Post/Red C opinion poll, Fine Gael is at the top of the list with 29% support. At the same time, Sinn Féin is just behind with 27% support. Fine Gael’s support is down four percentage points and Sinn Féin’s is down 3 percentage points from the previous poll. Meanwhile, support for Fianna Fáil rose four points to 16%.

The support of the Green Party remains at five percent. But the Social Democrats raised one point to 5% support. Labour, Solidarity-PBP and Aontú maintained support of 3%, 3% and 2% respectively, similar to the previous poll. The Independents raised their support by two points. At the time, 14% of voters did not say who they supported.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted between 21 and 28 January. Participants were asked whom they would give their first preference vote to, if there was a general election the next day.

When asked about attitudes towards COVID vaccines, 85% said they would take existing and new vaccines if they proved safe and effective.

About 70% said pubs and restaurants should not be reopened until the majority of the population has been vaccinated. At the same time, 86% supported a 14-day quarantine for people arriving into Ireland.

Forty-four percent said the government was effectively implementing the vaccine distribution However, 47% of people disagreed. At the same time, 7% said they didn’t know. More than half – 56% – said schools should reopen in February if COVID cases continue to fall at current rates.

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