A Red C poll for today’s Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael within reach of forming a government without calling on coalition partners.
Support for the Enda Kenny-led party appears to be rising, whereas the other main parties are polling lower than previously.
When undecided voters are excluded, support for Fine Gael is up three points to 38 per cent. If this figure was turned into votes on 25 February, it would be the best Fine Gael showing since 1982 and would make a single-party Fine Gael party a real possibility.
As the election date gets closer, the number of undecideds seems to be dropping, down three points since Red C’s previous poll last week and is now at 17 per cent.
Labour falls two points to 20 per cent, Fianna Fáil is down two to 15 per cent, and Sinn Féin drop three points to 10 per cent.
On the up are The Greens (up one point to three per cent) and Independents (up three points to 14 per cent).
The poll took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, around the time of Tuesday’s Leaders’ Debate on TV3 hosted by Vincent Browne and boycotted by Enda Kenny.