A new IPSOS MRBI / Irish Times poll shows a rise in support for Fine Gael and its party leader Enda Kenny.
Support for Fine Gael is at 33 percent, this is up by three percent from the same survey, carried out in December.
Fianna Fail’s support is down two percent to 15 percent while the Labour Party’s support is down one percent to 24 percent. Sinn Féin’s support is also down by three percent to 12 percent while the Green’s support now stands at one percent having lost one percent.
The poll carried out on Monday and Tuesday found that many of the voters are turning to independent candidates. Support for them is up by four percent to 15 percent.
So far new Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has a 25 percent satisfaction while Eamon Gilmore has 44 percent and Gerry Adams scored 27 percent. However the number of Irish voters who are satisfied with Enda Kenny’s performance is up by seven percent to 30 percent.
Over the next two days the election campaign will focus on the economy. Fine Gael will unveil their plan to create jobs before Enda Kenny will visit County Kildare. Eamon Gilmore, the Labour party leader will campaign in Limerick while his party reveal their economic policies. Brian Lenihan, Fianna Fail’s finance spokesperson will host a press conference in Dublin while leader Micheal Martin travels to Meath and Monaghan.