Exit polls show drop in support for Fine Gael and Labour

Exit polls show drop in support for Fine Gael and Labour

Two national exit polls indicate that the coalition partners are likely to fall short of a majority.

RTÉ published its poll this morning, which shows Fine Gael at 24.8% (-36.1% from 2011) and Labour at 7.1% (down from 19.5%).

This is in line with the Irish Times poll figures, released last night, which put Fine Gael at 26.1% and Labour at 7.8%.

If these figures prove to be born out by the actual count results, the combined Fine Gael and Labour vote will have fallen from 55.6% in 2011 to 31.9%.

As predicted, Fianna Fáil's vote looks to be up, according to RTÉ at 21.1% (+4%), and The Irish Times at 22.9%.

Sinn Féin also looks to have made significant gains, from 10% to 16% (RTÉ) or 14.9% (Irish Times).

The rest of the exit poll results are as follows.

RTÉ: Independents 11%, Alliance Against Austerity/People Before Profit 4.7%, Social Democrats 3.7%, Green Party 3.6%, Renua 2.4% and Others 2.6%

Irish Times: Independents/Others 16.1%, Alliance Against Austerity/People Before Profit 3.6%, Social Democrats 2.8%, Green Party 3.5% amd Renua 2.3%

Turnout is estimated at between 60 and 65%, down from 70% in 2011.

RTÉ quizzed 4,283 voters at 225 polling stations across all 40 constituents and puts the margin of error at 1.5%

The Irish Times exit poll was condited by Ipsos MRBI, with 5,260 voters at polling stations taking part.

Pictured: Oodie Kelly from Rossnowlagh casting his vote in the general election at the Friary Hall, Rossnowlagh on Friday, part of the South Donegal-Sligo-Leitrim-West Cavan constituency. Photo Thomas Gallagher INDD290216 TG4