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Sinn Fein Faces Declining Support as Local Elections Approach..

Dublin: As the local elections draw near, Sinn Fein’s position in the opinion polls is slipping. Despite being the largest party in recent polls, there is growing concern about a decrease in voter support.

Current Polling Data

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos B&A poll shows a five-point drop for Mary Lou McDonald’s Sinn Fein, bringing their support to 21%, now equal to Fine Gael. This marks a significant change in the political landscape, especially with the rising popularity of Fine Gael under Simon Harris.

Independent Candidates on the Rise

Support for independent candidates has been increasing notably. Since October 2023, there has been a five percent rise in backing for independents and other parties. This trend indicates a shift in voter sentiment away from the traditional party structures.

Implications for Sinn Fein

If this trend continues, it raises questions about Sinn Fein’s ability to form a government, even if they emerge as the largest party in the upcoming general election. This is crucial as the current coalition of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party is set to complete its term, with the general election scheduled for March 22 next year.

The upcoming local elections are critical for Sinn Fein. Maintaining or increasing their support base is essential for their political strategy and potential to lead a government post the general election.

As the political climate evolves, Sinn Fein faces the challenge of addressing the decline in support and reinforcing their position in the eyes of the electorate.

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