Surge in support for Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael in latest opinion poll

Surge in support for Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael in latest opinion poll

LEO VARADKAR and Fine Gael continue to garner support across Ireland, according to a newly-published opinion poll. 

The latest Red C survey for the Business Post found that 35% of the electorate polled would give the ruling party their first preference vote. 

Sinn Fein received 22% of the vote ahead of Fianna Fáil on 14% with Independents (8%), Greens (7%), Labour (3%), Social Democrats (3%) and Solidarity-PBP (2%) further back. 

It represents a major turnaround for Fine Gael, who gained 20.9% of first preference votes in Ireland’s general election last February, behind both Sinn Féin (24.5%) and Fianna Fáil (22.2%). 

That represented a record for the largest decline in public support for a ruling political party. 

The opinion poll results have sparked speculation Mr. Varadkar could look to call another election with talks over the formation of a new government continuing to stall. 

However, a new government is still likely to be required in order to introduce Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s new €6.5bn business support stimulus package, which will require new legislation. 

Under the current system, a caretaker government cannot introduce laws. 

Even so, Mr Varadkar could yet be installed as the new Taoiseach of any new coalition government, if the findings of the Red C survey are to be believed.  

According to the poll, the majority want Leo Varadkar as the new Taoiseach rather than Micháel Martin, according to a new opinion poll. 

The Red C survey for the Business Post shows 39% prefer the Fine Gael leader in any coalition. 

Martin, by comparison, garnered just 14% if the support. 

The shift in popularity comes as Mr .Varadkar and the government continue to earn praise for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Friday, the Taoiseach unveiled a comprehensive five-step plan for easing Ireland out of the current lockdown. 

Mr Varadkar has also played an active role in the fight against COVID-19, having re-registered as a doctor to support frontline staff. 

Last week he was pictured helping administer tests for coronavirus, door-to-door in Dublin.