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Tomorrow will see the first political polls released since the Anglo Irish tapes were revealed by The Irish Independent this week. The latest SBP/RedC tracker poll shows: Fine Gael 28 (+2), Fianna Fail 22 (-4), Labour 12 (+1), Sinn Fein 17 (+1), Independents 21 (no change). Comparisons are from last tracker at the end of May. The Sunday Business Posts Political Editor, Pat Leahy believes the focus on Fianna Fail’s past, Anglo Irish Bank tapes this week, and earlier in month John McGuinness, is damaging to Fianna Fail, which sees a 4% fall in support. He also believes the poll suggests some of FF gains are soft. Interestingly though indications that Fine Gael’s attempts to use Anglo for political gain are counter-productive are examined in more detail in tomorrows paper. The full story will be covered in the Sunday Business Post. Another poll will be published in the Sunday Times, the latest behaviour and attitudes poll was conducted between the 11th of June and last Monday (the 24th of June), the day that the first of the Anglo Irish tapes was published. The support for political parties is quite different in this poll, Fine Gael are unchanged at 27%, as are Labour at 7%, Fianna Fail increase by 1% to 24%, and Sinn Fein are also up one to 16%, with Independents and Others down 1% to 26%. When these figures are compared to the Sunday Business Poll which was surveyed between Monday and Wednesday of this week, it shows that Fianna Fail have taken the greatest hit in the fallout from the Anglo Irish Bank revelations.
More to follow….