Sean Gallagher has completed a remarkable turnaround and is now the clear favourite to become the next President of Ireland, according to the latest opinion poll to be published in tomorrow’s newspapers.
The Red C poll, commissioned by the Sunday Business Post, shows that Gallagher now commands the support of some 39 per cent of the public’s electorate – up by some 18 per cent on the last Red C poll published just nine days ago.
Gallagher is now 12 percentage points ahead of his nearest challenger, Labour’s Michael D Higgins, who is on 27 per cent of support – up by 2 per cent from the last poll.
The pair are well clear of the chasing pack with third-placed Martin McGuinness losing three points to stand on 13 per cent – some 14 points behind the frontrunners.
Fine Gael`s Gay Mitchell lloks set to miss out on the presidency as his campaign continues to flounder, with his support falling by 2 per cent to 8, while David Norris’s campaign has effectively collapsed, halving from 14 per cent to 7 in the space of a week.
The two female candidates, Mary Davis and Dana Rosemary Scallon, are now the two least popular candidates – with Davis now counting on just 4 per cent of voters, down from 9, and Scallon trailing on 2 per cent, down from 5.
Polling was undertaken prior to Wednesday night’s RTÉ Prime Time debate and doesn’t account for any change in opinions that may have occurred since.
Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll:
- Sean Gallagher – 39
- Michael D Higgins – 27
- Martin Mc Guinness – 13
- Gay Mitchell – 8
- David Norris – 7
- Mary Davis – 4
- Dana Rosemary Scallon – 2