SINN FEIN has enjoyed a major surge in support according to the results of a major new opinion poll.
According to the results of the newly-published Business Post/Red c poll, support for the party led by Mary Lou McDonald has risen 30% or three points.
The figures represent the highest level of support for Sinn Féin since Red C began polling the public back in 2003.
By contrast, Fine Gael suffered a drop of four points in the latest poll figures.
Despite this decline, they remain the most popular in Ireland with 33% of those polled selecting Leo Varadkar’s party as their first preference.
Fianna Fáil also moved up 12%, or one point, while there was a drop off for the Green Party, who slipped down a point to 5%.
There were also slight increases for the Social Democrats (4%) and Solidarity-People Before Profit (3%) which both edged up one.
Elsewhere, there was no change for Labour (3%), Aontu (2%) or Independents (8%).
The poll was conducted prior to the Government’s official announcement detailing plans for the gradual reopening of society following a six weeks of Level 5 lockdown restrictions.
A total of 1,000 people were polled as part of the research, with responses garnered between Thursday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 25.