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Sinn Fein Most Popular Irish Opposition Party, Sunday Times Says

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Support for Ireland’s Sinn Fein party has risen to 25 percent, making it the nation’s most popular opposition party, the Sunday Times said, citing a poll.

The poll by Dublin-based market research company Behaviour & Attitudes, showed that backing for Sinn Fein rose four percentage points since mid-December, the Sunday Times reported today. Support for Ireland’s two ruling coalition parties, Fine Gael and Labour Party, rose 1 point to a combined 42 percent, it said.

Fianna Fail, the country’s other opposition in parliament, fell 4 points to 16 percent, the newspaper said.

The survey of 914 people, carried out Feb. 15-20, has a 3.3 percentage point margin of error, the Sunday Times said

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