Friday 23 March 2018

Labour gets poll boost on bailout exit

The Labour Party has received a boost in support
The Labour Party has received a boost in support
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The Labour Party has received a boost in support from the announcement of the clean exit from the bailout, the latest poll reveals.

But the coalition now faces an expectation from the public that austerity will end following the departure of the Troika.

More than half of voters approved of the country’s exit from the bailout.

In a reversal of the junior coalition party’s steady slump, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore went up three points to 12pc in the poll.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will also be satisfied to see Fine Gael stayed steady on 29pc.

Labour made its gains at the expense of the main opposition parties with Fianna Fail down one point to 22pc and Sinn Fein down two points to 15pc.

Independents are unchanged on 22pc.

The latest Sunday Business Post/ Red C opinion poll was conducted among 1,000 voters between last Monday and Wednesday.

The poll shows satisfaction with the exit from the bailout with more than half of those surveyed, 52pc, feeling the Government had done a good job in leading Ireland out of EU-IMF programme.

However, 46pc did not approve and two per cent don’t know.

The end of the bailout has raised hopes of an easing of austerity.

Nearly three quarters of voters, 73pc, want to see less spending cuts and tax hikes after the Troika’s departure.


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