The latest opinion polls show significant support for the Government parties – but no great faith in their plans to revive the Irish economy.
Enda Kenny is at a record high with voters, Eamon Gilmore is up 11 per cent in support and both Fine Gael and Labor are more popular than ever.
But still the latest opinion poll for the Irish Independent carries a government health warning – the public are yet to be convinced that Kenny’s crew can drag Ireland from the abyss.
According to the Millward Brown Lansdowne poll, conducted last weekend, the government has yet to convince the public that it has made significant progress on economic promises made before the last election.
But not even that failure to deliver in the first hundred days in office has damaged the standing of either Fine Gael or Labor in the latest poll.
Significantly, Michael Noonan’s recent threat to burn senior bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide has yet to cut any mustard with Joe Public.
Of those surveyed, 57 per cent said Minister for Finance Noonan and the coalition government has made no progress on the issue while just one in three voters felt progress has been made.
The poll also signaled that 54 per cent of those surveyed were of the opinion that no progress has been made by the government on the recapitalization of the banks while more than a third feel progress has been made in this area.
Just 43 per cent feel the Fine Gael/Labor coalition has made progress on changing the terms of the EU/IMF bail-out for Ireland but exactly half feel there has been no progress made on the renegotiation of the deal.
As regards the government’s attempts to renegotiate the interest rate on the bail-out, 56 per cent of those polled feel that no progress has been made on that front.
The Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll was conducted among a sample of 1,035 adults on a face-to-face basis in the home at 93 sampling points throughout all constituencies in the country.
Interviewing on the poll was carried out on Saturday, June 18, and Monday, June 20.