Thursday 20 July 2017

'In Joan we trust', the people say as new leader brings sense of stability

Today's poll shows us that 
Joan Burton could well be the one to bring Labour - and the Government - back from the brink, says Brendan O'Connor

POLL POSITION: According to our poll, Joan Burton, the new Labour leader, enjoys the same satisfaction ratings as the Taoiseach and Micheal Martin, and a higher rating than Gerry Adams. Photo: Gerry Mooney
POLL POSITION: According to our poll, Joan Burton, the new Labour leader, enjoys the same satisfaction ratings as the Taoiseach and Micheal Martin, and a higher rating than Gerry Adams. Photo: Gerry Mooney
THE survey results presented here are derived from The Independent Newspaper Group/Millward Brown Poll. The poll was conducted among a sample of 967 adults representative of the approximate 3.43 million adults aged 18 and over - interviewed on a face-to-face basis in the home at 66 sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland. The margin of error for this opinion poll is +/- 3.2%. The 967 interviews on the poll were carried out between 18th – 30th July 2014. The poll was conducted in accordance with the guidelines set by ESOMAR and AIMRO (European and Irish Market and Opinion Research governing bodies). Extracts from the report may be quoted or published on condition that due acknowledgement is given to Millward Brown and The Sunday Independent. © Millward Brown & The Sunday Independent 2014.
THE survey results presented here are derived from The Independent Newspaper Group/Millward Brown Poll. The poll was conducted among a sample of 967 adults representative of the approximate 3.43 million adults aged 18 and over - interviewed on a face-to-face basis in the home at 66 sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland. The margin of error for this opinion poll is +/- 3.2%. The 967 interviews on the poll were carried out between 18th – 30th July 2014. The poll was conducted in accordance with the guidelines set by ESOMAR and AIMRO (European and Irish Market and Opinion Research governing bodies). Extracts from the report may be quoted or published on condition that due acknowledgement is given to Millward Brown and The Sunday Independent. © Millward Brown & The Sunday Independent 2014.

People had very firm opinions on Eamon Gilmore. In April, towards the end of his reign as Tanaiste and leader of the Labour Party, more than two in three people, 69pc, were dissatisfied with the way he was doing his job. Less than one in six people, just 16pc, were satisfied with how he was doing his job.

By contrast, while one-third of the people polled in today's Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll clearly think it is too early to pass judgement on Joan Burton as leader of the party, 27pc of people think she is doing a good job and just 40pc are dissatisfied with how she is doing her job. Burton therefore enjoys the same satisfaction ratings as the Taoiseach and Micheal Martin, and she enjoys a greater satisfaction rating than Gerry Adams.

But then, it is probably not really fair to measure a politician's popularity in Ireland right now. It is taken for granted that they are all unpopular. So perhaps a good measure of who the public likes is to measure who is less unpopular. Of all the major party leaders, Joan wins this one by a mile. Only 40pc are dissatisfied with Joan. This compares very favourably to the 61pc who are dissatisfied with the Taoiseach.

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