Fine Gael support rises after Varadkar’s tax cutting promises

The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll shows that Fine Gael is up by one point to 34 per cent.

24th November, 2018

Fine Gael has seen its support rise after the tax-cutting pledges delivered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll shows that Fine Gael is up by one point to 34 per cent.

However, Fianna Fáil has been critical of Fine Gael’s promises over the past week, which include a €600m income tax cut for PAYE workers, a decrease in tax for the self employed and a decrease in capital gains tax.

Fianna Fáil is promising to maintain its preference for more public spending rather than large tax cuts. The party is up by two points to 27 per cent in this poll. It is still seven points behind Fine Gael, but the gap was eight points in last month’s poll.

The confidence and supply talks between the two parties are still continuing, with no sign as yet about whether they will be able to agree a one-year extension to the deal.

Sinn Féin, which is still recovering from its disappointing presidential election campaign, has seen its support drop by two points to 13 per cent.

Independent Alliance Minister Shane Ross is still waiting to see if the Seanad will allow his judicial appointments bill to get through. But the Independent Alliance continues to defy reports of its political demise with its support rating going up a point to 5 per cent in this poll.

Independents in general are down by two points to 10 per cent. The Labour party, which got Seanad backing last week for its bill to grant citizenship to children of parents from countries outside the EU, is up by one point to 6 per cent. The Green Party are down by one point to 3 per cent. Its leader Eamon Ryan got a commitment last week from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to raise carbon taxes to combat the effect of climate change.

The Social Democrats are unchanged on 2 per cent but there is bad news for Solidarity-People Before Profit which records a zero per cent support level for the second poll in a row. Renua also remains on a support level of zero per cent.

The poll of 1000 adults was carried out by telephone between the Thursday November 15 and Thursday November 22.

For more analysis, plus a special Sunday Business Post/Red C poll on the impact of Brexit fears on consumer confidence, read tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post.

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