No clear picture of next government emerging from latest polls


Two new opinion polls paint a mixed picture of the government parties' prospects ahead of the General Election.

A Sunday Times poll shows Fine Gael dropping two points and Labour unchanged, while a survey by the Sunday Business Post indicates a two-point decrease for Labour with Fine Gael holding steady.

In terms of the Opposition, the Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post shows Fianna Fail gaining two points to 19, level with Sinn Féin who are unchanged.

Independents and Others share 23 per cent, in a poll which was taken between last Monday and Wednesday.

The Sunday Times poll by Behaviour & Attitudes was done over a longer window - January 4th to 13th and showed Fianna Fail drop of one point to 20, while Sinn Féin fall one to 16, and the rest share 26.

Political Editor of the Sunday Times Stephen O'Brien, says there is still ample time for these positions to change as the parties wait for the election to be officially called...........