Monday 18 December 2017

People have had enough of this political charade and demand real change

Today's poll shows that we've lost faith in the Government, party leaders and the system as a whole, writes Alan Ruddock

The scale of the public's disillusion and anger with both the Coalition Government and the political system is made real in today's opinion poll. The public have no faith in the Government, no faith in the leaders of the governing parties or in the leader of Fine Gael and would back an all-party government by a majority of two to one. Just under a third think George Lee, who resigned last week from politics, should launch his own political party and a slim majority believe that he was right to resign.

The findings, which are in line with all the polls that have been conducted over the past 12 months, highlight the vast distance that now exists between the people and those they have elected to represent them.

The only politicians who stand out from the crowd of disappointments are Brian Lenihan, the Minister for Finance, who now enjoys a positive satisfaction rating, along with Eamon Gilmore, the leader of the Labour Party. For the rest, the news is unremittingly grim.

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