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An awful lot of Irish people are feeling less positive about the world following Trump's inauguration

A total of 71% of people said they felt less positive, according to a Claire Byrne Live/Amárach poll

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THE VAST MAJORITY of us are feeling less positive about the state of world affairs following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

And, in terms of political, cultural and economic ties, most of us think that Ireland’s closet relationship should be with the EU, according to a poll carried out by Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live.

When asked the question about how they felt regarding international affairs since Trump has taken office, only 5% said they felt more positive.

A total of 71% of people said they felt less positive, while 19% said they felt the same.

This was echoed by readers of TheJournal.ie in a poll conducted on Friday, where 58% of people said that they felt worse following Trump’s inauguration as President.

Another question asked in the poll was “regarding political, cultural and economic ties, should Ireland’s closest relationship be with” the US, the UK or the EU.

The US came last with only 5% thinking we should have our closest relationship with our neighbours across the Atlantic.

Just under a third (30%) of people felt our closest relationship should be with the UK, while 52% believe it is the EU that we should have our closest relationship with.

The final question asked in the poll centred on whether we should hold a referendum on our own EU membership post-Brexit.

Just over one in five (22%) think that we should, while 68% of people said that Ireland should not hold an In-Out EU referendum.

Trump had a tumultuous first few days in office, after his inauguration was followed by Women’s Marches worldwide which spoke out against his rhetoric before the election and attracted millions worldwide.

He has already signed orders designed to undo elements of Obamacare, has withdrawn the terms of the TTP trade deal and made bold claims about the number of people who watched the inauguration.

Read: Here are the policy decisions Donald Trump made over the weekend

Read: Explainer: Why would Trump’s White House present blatant lies as ‘alternative facts’?

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