The public would rather see Micheál Martin remain as Taoiseach than swap jobs with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in two weeks, according to a new opinion poll.
The latest Ireland Thinks poll for the Sunday Independent shows that 43% of people would prefer Martin, the leader of Fianna Fáil, to remain in office, well ahead of 34% who would prefer Varadkar, the leader of Fine Gael, to remain in office. became Taoiseach. as scheduled on December 17.
More than a fifth of those surveyed, 22%, are undecided. The findings reveal that the number of people who want Martin to stay in office has risen since voters were asked the same question a month ago and the two party leaders were found to equate to 39% each.
The poll also finds strong support for Paschal Donohoe to remain finance minister rather than swap jobs with public spending minister Michael McGrath.
While 52% want Mr Donohoe, a Fine Gael TD, to remain in the Finance Department, just 27% want Mr McGrath, the Fianna Fáil TD, to take over Merrion Street with a 22% surveyed who are not sure.
It comes as Sinn Féin remains the country’s most popular party at 34%, which is unchanged from the last poll a month ago, where support for Mary Lou McDonald’s party fell by three points.
There is mixed news for the Coalition parties with Fine Gael up two points to 23% while Fianna Fáil remains unchanged at 17% as is the Green Party at 3%.
Elsewhere, there was a decline in support for Solidarity-People Before Gains, which fell two points to 3%, while the Social Democrats rose one point to 5%.
Support for Aontú is unchanged at 4% and Labor is also unchanged at 3%, while Independents and Others are down one point to 9%.
The survey was carried out on a sample of 1,352 people on Thursday and Friday of this week and has a margin of error of +/- 2.7%.
Tell us your thoughts in the Facebook post and share this with your friends.