Free third-level education gets poll backing of 77pc
MORE than three-quarters of adults support free third-level education despite the recession, a poll reveals.
A RED C poll, commissioned by the Students Union at UCD, revealed that 77pc of respondents believe the State should continue to provide free third-level education.
Sixty-one per cent of respondents said they believed that not charging tuition fees was "very important" to achieving economic recovery, although 77pc cited job creation as the most important factor in stimulating growth.
The responses, obtained from a random telephone poll of 1,000 adults between February 8-10, surprised even UCD Students Union president Gary Redmond.
A similar poll conducted by MRBI in 2002 revealed that just 61pc supported free third-level education.
"I was surprised. I expected it to come down a bit," Mr Redmond said. "These results fly in the face of Batt O'Keeffe's previous proposals to re-introduce tuition fees, and his remarks that the issue will be re-visited at the end of his Government's term."