'I wanna be leader I wanna be leader'
Today's Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll will provide food for thought to the entire body politic and to those with even a passing interest in national events, but one aspect of the poll stands out and should not be lost on policy makers and opinion formers alike: it is that the mood of the public has lifted in recent times to the point that there is now significant optimism in the present and into the future among the general public.
In short, the poll finds that 23pc of the voting public believe they are better off than they were last year, a seven-point increase since last October; and 21pc feel they are worse off, a nine-point decrease. What is more significant, however, is that 27pc feel they will be better off next year, a seven-point increase; and 14pc feel they will be worse off, a nine-point decrease.
Confidence is a precious commodity, difficult to build and easy to squander. That the confidence of the public is now at its highest point since the mid-Celtic Tiger period, post the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001, and also at its highest point since the economic crash in 2008, is hugely significant and to be warmly welcomed.