An opinion poll carried out for the censor's office shows overwhelming support for the decision to ban a controversial computer game.

The research found that 80% of respondents thought the office was right to ban the Manhunt 2 game last year, because of the extreme violence portrayed in it. 16% disagreed with the move and 4% had no opinion.

1000 people over 15 years were surveyed for the poll, which examines the public perception of the work carried out by the IFCO.

Censor John Kelleher says the results show people support the view that computer games have a greater impact on those who play them than films or DVDs.

The findings come ahead of a debate in UCC tonight about whether violent games should be more strictly regulated.

Mr Kelleher points out that in his five years in the job, some 7,000 computer games have been released and only one has been banned.

He says that while the results of the poll are encouraging from the point of view of the decision to ban Manhunt, he does not see them as a licence to ban other titles.