The Sunday Independent has two polls in it today in relation to the Presidential Election today. I am going to ignore the “less scientific, Sunday Independent/ Quantum Research” poll.
The poll found support for the declared candidates as follows:
- Michael D Higgins 32% (Lab)
- David Norris 19% (Ind)
- Mary Davis 18% (Ind)
- Gay Mitchell 17% (FG)
- Sean Gallagher 14% (Ind)
While this poll was taken before Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein entered the race, it is still interesting.
Sean Gallagher is starting to lag behind the other candidates in the poll while Mary Davis is starting to pick up speed and has jumped ahead of Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell who’s campaign does not seem to be gaining traction despite the support for Fine Gael being 40% in the polls.
David Norris’s support level is quite surprising, while at least he is second he is a good 13% behind Labour’s Micheal D Higgins who is managing to retain the top spot.
The entry of Martin McGuinness could change this balance. But with the possiblity of Norris and Labhrás O Muchú of Fianna Fail being added to the field, it wont be until Friday and the close of nominations that we have any idea what will happen. Then the polls will get very interesting.
- Áras race opens up as Norris and SF join fray (irishexaminer.com)
- PollWatch: RED C/Paddy Power #aras11 (stephenspillane.com)
- Norris to re-enter Race for the Aras? (stephenspillane.com)