Sunday 19 November 2017

Radio poll finds 77pc have no faith in FF leader

Colin Gleeson

MORE than three-quarters of people surveyed for a major radio poll yesterday declared they have no confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Twenty-four thousand people texted in to Joe Duffy's 'Liveline' show yesterday in the wake of Mr Cowen disastrous interview on RTE's 'Morning Ireland' the previous day.

The impromptu 10-minute 'text poll' drew the show's biggest response since the surveys started on 'Liveline' two years ago.

The overwhelming majority -- 77pc -- answered 'No' to the question of whether or not they have confidence in the Taoiseach.

Just 5,485 said they had confidence in the Taoiseach.

The poll can be seen as little more than a social experiment because of the absence of any scientific methodology.

However, the results largely mirrored the steady stream of callers who contacted the show to voice their anger at Mr Cowen's below-par performance.

A similar poll carried out on 'Liveline' on Tuesday found 40pc of respondents felt Fine Gael frontbencher Simon Coveney was wrong to accuse the Taoiseach of being drunk or hungover.

Fianna Fail yesterday reiterated calls for Mr Coveney to apologise and withdraw the remark.

However, one caller -- Martin Kelly from Co Tipperary -- claimed this was "a classic case of Fianna Fail trying to re-write history".

Mr Kelly added: "He's the leader of the country and it was very irresponsible of him not to get to bed early and have proper, credible answers prepared."

Irish Independent

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