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Thursday 19 October 2017

Only four in ten will pay for water

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Only four in 10 people intend to pay their water charges when the bills arrive, a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll has found, while three in 10 people do not intend to pay.

The poll asked 1,019 people whether they intended to pay their charges when their bills arrive in April.

Forty per cent said they did and 30pc said they did not.

Ten per cent said "it depends", 10pc were don't knows and 10pc said the question was not applicable.

The poll suggests that the government's attempt to stem public revolt over the charges by revising the fees downwards has been only marginally successful.

The number of people intending to pay has risen only 3pc since the last poll was carried out in December.

In that poll, 37pc said they definitely intended to pay their water charges.

The latest poll shows that support for paying water charges appears strongest amongst Fine Gael voters, older people and also Fianna Fail supporters.

Of those who don't intend to pay, most were Sinn Fein supporters, at 50pc, followed by supporters of Independents.

Sunday Independent

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