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Voters plan to support fiscal treaty, polls show

A clear margin of voters say they will back the fiscal compact in the upcoming referendum.

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TWO SEPARATE POLLS published today show a clear margin of voters in favour of the EU fiscal treaty, which will be put to a referendum in the coming months.

A Sunday Business Post/Red C poll shows 60 per cent saying they would vote in favour of the treaty, with 40 per cent against when don’t knows are excluded.

With undecided voters factored in, the figures are 44 per cent Yes, 29 per cent No, and 26 per cent don’t know. Support for the treaty has grown since the previous SBP/Red C poll in January.

Meanwhile, a Sunday Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll shows 37 per cent in favour of the treaty, 26 per cent against and 36 per cent undecided.

The SBP/Red C poll shows support for the treaty is highest among Fine Gael voters, with 78 per cent in favour, and Fianna Fáil voters (70 per cent). Labour voters back it by a narrower margin of 56 to 44 per cent, while a majority of Sinn Féin and Independent supporters oppose it.

There is greater support for the fiscal compact among wealthier and more urban voters, with over-55s and 18 to 34-year-olds backing it most strongly.

The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll shows 57 per cent believe the economy is in a weaker position than at this time last year, with only 15 per cent saying it has grown stronger since the Fine Gael/Labour coalition came to power.

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