Still reeling from its annihilation in the recent General Election, Fianna Fail is slowly winning back support according to a new opinion poll.
The Sunday Business Post survey reports that the main opposition party is battling back as the new coalition government prepares for a backlash after this week’s austerity budget.
The Fine Gael-Labor Party government will hit voters with a $5billion blow in cuts and taxes which will only add to renewed support for those on the opposition benches.
The Business Post reports that Labor Party voters are switching back to Fianna Fail with Sinn Fein and the Independents also losing out to the ‘Republican’ party.
According to the latest Red C poll for The Sunday Business Post, Fianna Fail support has jumped dramatically to 18 per cent, a rise of four percentage points on the 14 per cent it garnered in the last such poll on October 23.
The paper also reports that while Fine Gael is up one per cent to 32 per cent, its Labor partners are suffering badly in terms of public support ahead of the Budget.
The poll shows Labour support down from 17 per cent to 15 per cent. The government party is now on a par with Sinn Fein, down one point from the 16 per cent it registered in October.
The poll also states that support for Independent TDs and others has fallen from 21 per cent to 18 per cent.
The poll was published just hours before Prime Minister Enda Kenny delivers his first ‘State of the Nation’ address pre-budget.
Reports indicate that Kenny will declare that this Budget is only the prelude for a ‘number of tough budgets agreed under the Programme for Government in the years ahead.'
Kenny will state that ‘in reality The Taoiseach the country is in the region of €18bn out of line and that unpalatable choices will have to be made.'
Voters have already made their unhappiness known with 66 per cent of those surveyed for the Red C poll of the belief that the coalition parties have already broken campaign promises.