Covid-19: Irish Times poll finds Government ‘losing the dressing room’ as support slumps

Inside Politics: Just 45 per cent in survey believe Government is doing good job on the pandemic

A poll in The Irish Times finds confidence in, and support for, the Government is bleeding away

A poll in The Irish Times finds confidence in, and support for, the Government is bleeding away

Good morning - Sometimes a poll can surprise you. A party, government or leader who has been on the receiving end of punishing media coverage can prove surprisingly popular. The press can diagnose problems that just do not matter to punters, who may be happily distracted with other matters. One thinks of the buoyant Bertie Ahern, who remained bulletproof even as tribunals rumbled on.

The poll in today’s Irish Times is not one of those. It confirms what many hacks, political and journalistic, already felt in their waters. Confidence in, and support for, the Government is bleeding away, with just 45 per cent believing it is doing a good job on the pandemic, a drop of 13 per cent.

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