Tuesday 20 February 2018

Cowen's rating plummets to new low of 11pc in poll

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen was dealt another blow last night when it emerged just over one-in-10 people want him in charge after the next election.

Despite his failure to set out detailed policies, Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore is the number one choice to be the next Taoiseach.

Mr Gilmore is the preferred choice of 39pc, well ahead of Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny on 23pc, according to a Red C poll for the 'Irish Sun'.

The Labour leader's stock has risen by six points in the past three months since the previous poll, while the Fine Gael leader's rating is down four.

Mr Cowen's standing is down another seven points, with just 11pc wanting him to be still running the country after the general election.

It is the Taoiseach's lowest rating in polls conducted by Red C.

The survey of 1,000 adults was carried out last week at the height of student protests against the trebling of college fees and the government announcement that the December 7 Budget will feature spending cuts and tax hikes worth €6bn.

The economic crisis has impacted on the health of 45pc of those polled.

One-in-five of those polled said they had lost their jobs since the crisis struck in late 2008. The figure increases to one-in-three for young people aged between 25 and 34.

Some 38pc said they knew a close relative or friend who was forced to emigrate as a direct consequence of the economic crisis.

And almost one-in-10 -- 8pc -- have suffered the break-up of their marriage or relationship as a result of the crisis.

Irish Independent

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