According to the latest Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI poll, the majority of people and only one-fifth of voters believe that the current restrictions will be too severe as the pandemic will get worse.
A clear majority (58 percent) say the government is “doing a good job” in dealing with the epidemic, but that number plummeted when the country reopened after the last vote in June.
The number of voters who say the government is “not doing a good job” rose from 9 percent in June to 36 percent.
Less than half (45 percent) of all voters say the current restrictions are “right”, while 21 percent say there are too many restrictions that “unnecessarily destroy business and the economy.” However, one-third (32 percent) of voters voted in favor of the additional restrictions, saying the current restrictions were not enough to “protect the health of the population.”
The public’s mood about the future with Kovid is utterly pessimistic. Only 22 percent believe that the worst case scenario of pandemic is behind us, and 69 percent say that “the worst is yet to come.” Older people are more concerned about the future than younger voters, while women are more likely than men to say the worst is ahead.
When asked about their priorities for next week’s budget, Pandemic relies on people’s perspectives. Investing in healthcare is the most popular choice for government spending, followed by investing in housing, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. Given a list of choices they believe should prioritize additional spending in the budget, only 4 percent of those who voted voted “green enterprises”.
Voters also support TDs’ decision to vote in favor of the Dying with Dignity Bill on Wednesday night, which, if passed – would make it legal to help someone who has died to end their own life.
More than half (52 percent) of voters said it would be legal to help someone end their life medically, while only 17 percent opposed it. One-fourth (26 per cent) of those polled said they were undecided but “ready to hear both sides of the argument”.
The bill passed the first vote in the Dill Bill on Wednesday night. The TDs also rejected the government’s amendment to suspend its progress for a year to allow a special deal committee to consider the assisted dying question.
Voting took place from Saturday to Tuesday, October 3-6. In-home interviews were conducted among 1,200 adults at 120 locations in each constituency. The accuracy level is calculated as plus or minus 2.8 percent. The poll returned to normal face-to-face mode after a June poll by telephone interviews due to an epidemic.
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