Fine Gael and Sinn Féin in dead heat with housing the key issue

The Dublin Bay South by-election could be a predictor for how the next general election will go, with FG and SF tied on the big issues and Fianna Fáil falling nearly out of contention completely

Sinn Féin, led by Mary Lou McDonald, dominate the youth vote, at 44 per cent, and working-class groups, 40 per cent, while Fine Gael hold a strong command of the grey vote, 41 per cent, and those in slightly higher social grades, 34 per cent. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Today’s poll would suggest the political landscape in Ireland remains stable, with no party recording any significant change. Over the last six Business Post/Red C polls in as many months, we have seen both Fine Gael and Sinn Féin locked in a dead heat, with any gap between the two landing within the margin of error.

The two parties have maintained a consistent level of support based on both age and socio-economic class. Sinn Féin ...