It’s a draw: FF, FG and SF come out all at the same level at 22% according to exit poll
The exit poll published following the closing of polls shows that Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are even when first preference votes are counted.
The poll, carried out by Ipsos MRBI for RTÉ, The Irish Times, TG4 and UCD, indicates that each of the three main parties have 22% of first preference votes.
The margin of error in this exit poll is 1.3% – which means any of the three parties could be as low as 20.7% support or as high as 23.3% when the actual votes are counted.
The exit poll is based on 5,376 completed interviews conducted immediately after people voted at 250 polling stations in 39 constituencies across the country.
It indicates Green Party first preference support stands at 8%; Labour at 4%; the Social Democrats at 3%; Solidarity People Before Profit at 3%; and Independents at 11%.