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Irish Ruling Coalition Support Falls in Poll, Sunday Times Says

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Support for Ireland’s two ruling coalition parties fell to a combined 41 percent following budget cuts and tax increases announced this month, down from 52 percent in October, the Sunday Times said.

Backing for Fine Gael, the biggest party in government, fell 7 percentage points during the period to 30 percent, the Sunday Times reported today in its Irish edition, citing a poll commissioned by the newspaper. Support for the Labour Party declined 4 points to 11 percent, it said.

Fianna Fail, the country’s main opposition party, rose 5 points to 20 percent, while Sinn Fein increased 2 points to 21 percent in the survey, the newspaper said.

The poll, carried out by Dublin-based market research company Behaviour & Attitudes, surveyed 921 people between Dec. 7, the day after the government announced final adjustments to the 2012 budget, and Dec. 12, the newspaper said, without giving the margin of error.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Brennan in Dublin at jbrennan29@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net;

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