Support for Irish government falls ahead of EU treaty vote

DUBLIN - Support for the Irish government has dropped significantly, a poll showed on Friday, at a time when it has to persuade Irish citizens to back the European Union's fiscal treaty in a May 31 referendum.
The poll also showed the popularity of Sinn Fein, the former political wing of guerrilla group the Irish Republican Army (IRA), rising due to its anti-austerity stance, making it Ireland's second most popular political party.
The Irish Times poll, carried out by IPOS/MRBI, showed that satisfaction with the government has dropped 14 percentage points to 23% since the last poll in October.
Support for Sinn Fein, which is leading the 'no' vote campaign in the referendum, rose to 21%, its highest rating in an Irish Times poll.
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