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Fine Gael in major trouble as support drastically falls again in new poll




An opinion poll indicated that support for Fine Gael had fallen by eight percentage points.

A Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) poll for The Sunday Times puts support for Fine Gael at 15%, Fianna Fail at 21% (up one percentage point) and Greens at 6% (up one percentage point).

This is down seven points from Fine Gael’s vote in the 2020 general election and the lowest support for the party was recorded in a B&A poll, reports Independent.

Meanwhile, in one of the strongest election results ever, support for Sinn Fein stood at 37%, up five points from the latest poll in March.

The findings came after the government came under sharp criticism for lifting a winter eviction ban at the end of March despite rising homeless rates and high rents.

In February, there were 11,742 people in emergency accommodation, the second highest number on record, while property website Daft.ie found that rents were 126% higher nationwide than at the end of 2011, reports Independent.

Since making its decision on March 7, three parliamentary votes have been forced by the opposition to pressure the government, with coalition parties each winning.

Sinn Féin has called for a moratorium on no-fault evictions until the end of January 2024 to buy time for the government to introduce measures to ease the housing crisis.

The government has insisted that extending the ban makes long-term supply problems worse and the notices of resignation do not directly translate into homelessness.

Housing campaigner Peter McVarry has warned the country is facing a “tsunami of misery”, while other campaigners have warned that emergency housing services will come under enormous pressure.

The poll also found that the Labor Party, which tabled a vote of no confidence in the government after the eviction ban was lifted, fell by one point to 4%, reports Independent.

Aontu is up two points to 2%, while independents are collectively down one point to 8%.

No change for Social Democrats (4pc) or Solidarnosc-PBP (2pc).

The B&A in-person poll was conducted between 28 March and 4 April and has a margin of error of 3.3%.

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