Opinion poll: Farmers seek stability at a time of chaos
FARMERS are never happy.
Like teachers they always want more supports and feel that the system is set against them in favour of those who only wear Hunter wellies when Electric Picnic comes around.
But the finding of today’s FarmIreland.ie suggests there’s not a whole lot they would change either.
While global politics is in turmoil, Irish farmers want to retain the status quo of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
Perhaps they feel there’s enough uncertainty as Brexit looms or maybe it’s just the case that as one respondent put it “all politicians are the same”. Better the devil you know.
But it’s certainly not disinterest. The fact that only 8pc said they wouldn’t bother to vote is a remarkable result.
Last year’s election saw a nationwide turnout of 65.2pc, with the electorate notably more exercised in rural areas. The highest turnout in the country was in the Roscommon-Galway constituency where 71.6pc voted.
These are statistics raise serious questions about Fine Gael’s ‘Keep The Recovery Going’ slogan. As a concept it bombed outside of urban areas.