Wednesday 26 April 2017

It's time the 'don't knows' picked themselves a side

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Don't you just hate the "don't-knows" sometimes. I mean, I don't really hate them, or indeed, any other human being. But there are times, such as this one, when I struggle not to resent their potential influence.

The last national political survey available at the time of writing tells me that 15pc of voters "don't know" what they are going to do at the next election, which is now less than six weeks away. That 15pc is something between one-in-six and one-in-seven people.

Extrapolate from that, as the survey-makers with their clipboards say, and you could have more than a dozen TDs in the next 158-seat Dáil who "don't know". They'd be there voting on laws about things such as tax and welfare - with no real idea what they thought about them. Lovely.

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