Tuesday 15 October 2019

Editorial: Dubliners hold key to this election

DUBLIN is set to be the cockpit for this General Election, the results of today's Evening Herald/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll indicate.

The findings were released after last night's five-way leaders' TV debate and, interestingly, nearly two thirds of Dubliners say such debates will have little or no influence on how they vote.

Intriguingly, a big majority has either watched the debates or plans to do so.

The poll gives a very clear indication of where the battle lines are drawn in the 12 constituencies that make up the capital.

There is good news for Labour, with twice its 2007 support. The poll results put it just ahead of Fine Gael in Dublin.

Labour's leader, Eamon Gilmore, is also the most popular political party leader among Dubliners, with almost half satisfied with his leadership.

In a case of history repeating itself, Fianna Fail is facing the kind of wipeout Fine Gael suffered in 2002 in the capital.

Sinn Fein, with just 11pc, appears to be failing to sweep up turned off Fianna Fail voters.

Its leader, Gerry Adams, is also not convincing the voters, with 56pc saying they are dissatisfied with his leadership.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the very strong showing of the independents. They're on course to be a significant part of Dublin's political landscape in the next Dail.

There are still 10 days to go, however, and that's a lot of time for people to change their minds.

Dubliners will play a key role in how the next government is formed.

It is up to everyone in the capital to make sure their vote is cast on polling day.

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