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Big Majority favours extending Presidential voting rights – Sunday Times

At an overall level, government satisfaction has increased by three points over the last four weeks, and at 38% in today’s poll, has more or less recovered to its pre-Christmas popularity level. Older voters (aged 55+), those from an ABC1 and farming socio economic background, and residents of both Dublin and Connaught/Ulster are most satisfied with the manner in which the government is running the country.

This is not, however, to lose sight of the fact that more than half of all Irish voters are unhappy with the government’s performance, with the financially pressed working class 35-54 year olds the most dissatisfied of all. Certainly, today’s 38% popularity rating is far removed from the equivalent 50% registered in March 2018, with an array of ongoing issues from housing and healthcare at a local level, and Brexit at a broader level, undoubtedly taking their toll on voters’ tolerance of the administration.

Each of the main party leader’s satisfaction ratings has remained on a par with that achieved in both January and February of this year, with no statistically significant difference in the popularity of Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar, Brendan Howlin or Mary Lou McDonald.

Read more of the Sunday Times / Behaviour & Attitudes Poll  for March 2019 here.

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