This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 20 February, 2020

Only two in ten people trust Irish politicians - do you?

The breakdowns are broadly similar across regions and genders.

Image: Mark Stedman/

ONLY 22% OF Irish people trust TDs and councillors, a new poll finds.

The findings of a Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll also found that just two people in ten have faith in their local politicians.

The findings come after an RTÉ documentary showed a host of wrongdoing among politicians flouting rules about the non-disclosure of business interests.

The poll found that 22% of people in Ireland trust politicians, 60% do not and 18% don’t know.

The breakdowns are broadly similar across regions and genders.

In other questions, the poll found that 36% of Irish people support the introduction of a sugar tax, while 56% were against it. A further 8% were unsure.

A third question asked if people supported Ireland taking more than the 4,000 refugees it has pledged to take. Just 20% said yes, 67% said no and 13% didn’t know.

What about you? Do you trust your local TDs and councillors?

Poll Results:

No (8030)
Yes (509)
I don't know (240)

Read: “What’s in it for me?” – Explosive RTÉ documentary shows politicians seeking cash

Read: Senator distances herself from ‘a huge story of corruption and fraud’

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next: