BY SEÁN P. FEENY
THE LABOUR Party’s West Donegal spokesperson, Mr Seamus Rodgers has welcome the results a new opinion poll which suggests that there has been a significant boost in support for the party since the change of leadership.
Last weekend’s Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll, based on a nation-wide sample of just under 1,000 people was conducted between August 4 and 13. Labour has doubled its support since the local elections in May.
In May, the Labour Party had 7 per cent of national support in the local elections. The latest findings show that Fine Gael is at 24 per cent down two points, Labour 14 per cent, up seven and more than twice party support in the May election.
Support for Fianna Fáil stands at 18 per cent down one; Sinn Féin 19 per cent is down two and Independents and Others are 24 per cent, down two points.
Mr Rodgers said: “I welcome the leap in opinion polls since the election of the new party leader, Joan Burton TD, and the high ratings she has achieved.
“It is sold proof that her message had a favourable response from the arty grass roots and a substantial segment of the electorate.
“The party is on a renewal mission. Confidence has been restored and there is a spring in the step as they face the challenge of a forthcoming Budget.”
Mr Rodgers said it is now possible to wipe out austerity measures and give relief to the most vulnerable in society, including low and middle income families.
“The appointment of a Minister of State for Rural Affairs should in some way come to grips with rural decay and create jobs in deprived areas. It is a golden opportunity to create a new dawn for the Labour Party,” he said.
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