Poll finds strong support for bailout exit plan

Monday 25 November 2013 12.46
Polls shows support for the Government on its handling of Ireland's exit from EU-IMF bailout
Polls shows support for the Government on its handling of Ireland's exit from EU-IMF bailout

More than half the country's voters approve of the way in which the Government plans to exit the EU-IMF bailout, according to a new poll.

Public support is also reflected in support for the Coalition partners, with a significant boost for Labour, the latest Sunday Business Post/ Red C opinion poll suggests.

The nationwide poll was conducted between last Monday and Wednesday among 1,000 voters.

Excluding the "Don't Knows", the month-on-month findings for the main parties are: Fine Gael 29% (no change), Labour 12% (up three percentage points), Fianna Fáil 22% (down one), Sinn Féin 15% (down two) and independents/others 22% (no change).

More than half those surveyed (52%) said the Government has done a good job in leading Ireland out of the bailout.

But nearly three-quarters of voters (73%) want an easing of austerity.