One in three favour a return to the polls

One in three favour a return to the polls

One in three people would opt for a new General Election given the chance, according to the results of a survey from

The study found that just 22% of people were satisfied with the results – while 78% said they were unhappy with the outcome of the general election.

When asked about what kind of new government they would want to see, 35% of the 1,600 people surveyed picked a new election while 26% opted for a Fine Gael/Fianna Fail coalition.

The option of a coalition between Fine Gael and smaller parties came in third at 18% while a minority Fianna Fail government supported by Fine Gael was the least popular at just 5%.

And it looks like there’s mixed news for Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny.

Almost half of the people surveyed said that the Fine Gael leader should step down straight away, with a further 34% admitting they feel he should step aside in the next year or so.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was the runaway favourite to succeed the Mayo man as party leader, getting 45% of the vote.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney came in second at 16%, while Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald was third on 14%.

Managing director of Angela Keegan said it was interesting that the public identified health and housing as key priorities for the new government.

She added: “For many years we have been highlighting the supply problem in housing and calling on the government to address it as a matter of urgency.

“The issue has now reached crisis proportions and the new government really needs to act swiftly if more time is not to be lost.

“Several organisations have called for a senior Minister of Housing, Planning and Construction to be appointed and we would support such a move.”

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