Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has taken another battering in the opinion polls ahead of December’s austerity budget.

As politicians prepare to work at the Irish parliament this week, Kenny’s Fine Gael party have dropped again in the opinion polls.

The senior coalition partners are down two percentage points to 31 percent in the latest Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times newspaper.

On a personal level Kenny has also seen his own support drop to 38 percent, down four points from the last poll in May.

Support for junior coalition partners Labor remains unchanged at 14 percent with Fianna Fáil support steady, on 16 percent.

Sinn Féin are up one percentage point to 18 percent and remains the second most popular party.

Independents are also up by one percentage point to 19 percent while the Green Party remains on two percent.

The Sunday Times poll shows satisfaction with the Government is down seven percentage points to 24 percent.

Support for Kenny’s Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, the Labor Party leader, is up two points to 33 percent.

Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin is down seven points to 34 percent, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is down three to 39 percent and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is down two at 27 percent.

The Sunday Times also asked respondents if they would or would not support a change in law to allow abortion where the life of a mother was at risk. A majority of 80 percent said they would, 14 percent said they would not and six percent were undecided.


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