A new opinion poll has found that 84% of Irish people are in favour of remaining in the European Union, down from a high of 93% at the height of the Brexit negotiations.

The poll suggests that while Irish people believe membership is good for the Irish economy through EU trade agreements, voters appear more ambivalent when it comes to supporting EU enlargement and taking in refugees.

The survey, carried out by Red C and the European Movement Ireland, was based on a sample of over 1,000 adults aged over 18 between 20 and 25 March.

When Brexit and the Irish backstop dominated the news agenda, a staggering 93% of Irish people believed Ireland should remain in the EU.

With Brexit now replaced by the coronavirus pandemic, attitudes have shifted somewhat, although support for membership remains high, at 84%, with just 7% disagreeing and 9% unsure.

Irish people are decidedly cool about taking in more refugees, with 53% against and 35% in favour.

Only 43% of Irish voters would support more enlargement of the EU, with 37% against, while a majority - 41% - is opposed to Ireland paying more money into the EU budget, with only one in three in favour.

Opinion on how the EU has handled the coronavirus emergency is evenly split, with 47% believing the EU has handled it well, and 46% disagreeing.

Where those surveyed have strong opinions is on taxation, with only 17% saying member states should give up their veto on taxation issues.

However, some 49% of Irish voters believe the states should play a greater role in EU security and defence, compared to 31% who disagreed.

The survey suggests that following the Brexit upheaval, Ireland is returning to a more pick-and-choose attitude to aspects of European integration.