Poll shows support for Treaty referendum

Monday 30 January 2012 11.51
New poll suggests Sinn Féin support has risen
New poll suggests Sinn Féin support has risen

Almost three quarters of voters want to see any new European Treaty put to a referendum, according to a new opinion poll.

The Red C poll for tomorrow's Sunday Business Post shows opinion evenly divided on the treaty, with a slight majority in favour of accepting it.

The Government has said it will not decide whether a referendum is required on the new EU treaty until the final text is agreed at a summit on Monday.

According to the poll 72% of voters say they want a referendum, while 21% do not and just 7% do not know.

When it comes to the treaty itself, 40% say they will support it, with 36% against, and 24% undecided.

Since the last Red C poll for Paddy Power a fortnight ago, support for Fine Gael has dropped three points to 30% and Labour is down two to 14%.

Fianna Fáil gains one to 18%, Sinn Féin is up three to 17%, and Independents and Others are up one to 21%.