Thursday 22 March 2018

IMF would do better than parties in solving economic crisis, poll shows

Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) is more capable of solving the economic crisis here than our own politicians, the public believe.

Voters have more faith in the IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB) to tackle the financial mess than they have in the Government or opposition parties, according to a new poll.

The RED C poll also found the €20bn public sector budget was the "most popular" priority for making savings in the upcoming Budget. Social welfare cuts and higher income taxes are the least popular way for the State to help bridge the growing deficit, according to the poll of 1,005 people.

But the results indicated the public were aware of the need to slash public spending and were braced for a tough Budget.

More faith is shown in international bodies like the ECB and IMF, with only 28pc of voters agreeing that Finance Minister Brian Lenihan is "capable" of solving Ireland's economic crisis. Labour finance spokeswoman Joan Burton scored a capability rating of 23pc, while her Fine Gael counterpart Michael Noonan scored 21pc.

On the Budget cutbacks, 56pc of respondents said the public sector budget should feature. Only 22pc said it should be avoided, according to the poll in the 'Irish Sun' newspaper.

Irish Independent

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