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New poll shows voters set to back EU fiscal treaty

However the opinion poll in today’s Sunday Business Post shows that the gap between the Yes and No votes is narrowing.

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A NEW OPINION poll, the results of which are published in today’s Sunday Business Post, shows that Irish voters are set to back the new fiscal treaty in next month’s referendum.

The Red C poll shows that around 47 per cent of voters will support the referendum on the Stability Treaty. Thirty-five per cent said they were planning to vote No – that’s a slight increase, while 18 per cent said they don’t know how they’ll vote.

Meanwhile the poll shows that support for Fine Gael has dropped two points to 32 per cent, while Sinn Féin have gained a point and are on 19 per cent. Fianna Fáil are also up one to 17 per cent, while Labour have dropped one and are at 14 percent. Independents have also gained one point to sit at 18 per cent.

Yesterday Fine Gael and Labour joined forces to urge the electorate to vote Yes, saying the treaty is about adopting a policy of “good housekeeping which this country badly needs at this moment”.

Earlier this week the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore moved to defend the use of the website StabilityTreaty.ie to post speeches promoting a Yes vote. The statements were removed from the site following the conclusion of the debate on the issue in the Dáil.

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