Ireland

Fine Gael just short of majority


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If the latest poll by Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne is to be believed then Fine Gael will be just short of an overall majority in tomorrow’s (25th February 2011) general election.

According to the poll, Fine Gael are on 38%, just 2% short of what most Irish experts say is needed for an overall majority.   Labour, however, have take a clear second place with 20% and Fianna Fáil trails behind with just 14%.

The same poll puts  Sinn Féin on 12%, the Greens on 1% and Independents on 16%.

Enda Kenny, the Fine Gael leader, however, should be worried by 52% of the Irish voters having a poor perception of him, although 57% believe that Micheál Martin has no credibility for the reform he has been promoting.

The same poll suggests that 38% think that Fine Gael is most trusted to manage public finances.  42% think they will be best to reduce the deficit and 37% think they will be good at creating jobs; whilst 44% think they are most trusted to reform public sector jobs.

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