Fine Gael have seen their odds on winning the next Irish general election eased after a new poll suggested a slump in support amongst the public.
The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll put Fine Gael down five points to 28%, their lowest rating for a year and a half. Fianna Fáil meanwhile went up a point to 24%, resulting in a new burst of money for Michéal Martin’s party to go on and win the most seats at the next election.
BoyleSports now rate Fianna Fáil at just 11/8 from 2/1 to take most seats, with Fine Gael drifting to 8/15 from 1/3. Leo Varadkar remains the favourite to be the Taoiseach after the next visit to the ballot box, but he is now just 4/9 from 1/4 as he continues to field questions about the national broadband plan.
Michéal Martin’s odds on becoming the Taoiseach after the next election have shortened also as he is now into 2/1 from 7/2, but he’ll have to wait until next year to get a shot at it if the betting is anything to go by, as the election is odds-on at 4/6 to take place in 2020.
The latest polls are suggesting the national broadband plan controversy is taking its toll on voters’ intentions, and the latest money we’ve seen means…
the gap between to the two main parties is as close as it’s been since the last election.
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