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Only 27% believe Budget will make them better off financially


Despite all the fanfare, the government’s massive giveaway budget doesn’t seem to have reassured the public who have preoccupied with cost of living crisis concerns, at least according to polling carried out for the Sunday Independent.

Only 27% of those polled by Ireland Thinks for the paper believed they will be better off after the Budget, with almost half (49pc) of the public thinking they will be the same, while 24pc feel they will be worse off.

The government had flagged its €10 billion budget as a containing measures which would help stave off the worst of the energy and cost of living escalations, but the voters polled did not seemed reassured.

The three €200 energy credits was a popular measure according to the poll, but a majority (51pc) would have preferred to see a cap on energy bills – as was introduced in the UK.

The 10% concrete levy, which the government says it will use to fund mica redress scheme was found to be unpopular in the poll, with 59% opposing the measure while just 27% agreed and 14% were unsure.

A huge majority of voters felt that the Budget had left them with ‘no difference’ or ‘more worried’ about their financial situation – bad news for the government parties who were hoping for a Budget bounce in polling.


In fact, voting intentions recorded for the poll showed no shift upwards for the larger government parties beyond the margin of error.

A significant majority would vote Yes in a referendum to establish a united Ireland if it took place tomorrow, the poll found, with 57% in favour, 24% opposed and 19% unsure.




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