Poll: Leo Varadkar Now Most Popular Taoiseach Since Bertie Ahern

Elaine Stenson
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A new poll out today claims Leo Varadkar is now the most popular Taoiseach since Bertie Ahern.

The first Irish Times Ipsos/Mrbi opinion poll of the year shows Leo Varadkar’s approval rating has gone up another 7 points to 60%.

 

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This new opinion poll shows Leo Varadkar is 18 points clear of his nearest rival, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin who is on 42%.

The last time the country’s leader was this popular was at the height of the boom in 2007. The poll was carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week – just days after Micheál Martin’s public support for repealing the 8th Amendment.

It also shows that Fine Gael remains the most popular party on 34%, down two points but still 9 ahead of Fianna Fail which is unchanged on 25.

Sinn Fein and Labour also remain unchaged on 19 and 4% respectively, while Independents and others rose by 2 to 18%.

Satisfaction for the government is now at 44%, a rise of 3 points and the highest rating since Fine Gael came to power 7 years ago.