Public stays with Government on Covid measures – for now

Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll: Public willing to contemplate some further restrictions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin: poll findings suggest that the public appears willing to contemplate some further restrictions. Photograph: Maxwells

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin: poll findings suggest that the public appears willing to contemplate some further restrictions. Photograph: Maxwells

This is a difficult poll for the Coalition, looking over its shoulder at the rise of Sinn Féin and under pressure from a deteriorating situation with the pandemic. But despite the reverses of recent weeks, with new restrictions introduced and a fear that more may follow, the Government still has the support of a strong majority of voters for its handling of the pandemic.

While the three Government parties will be disappointed with their ratings in today’s poll, the Covid numbers could be a lot worse. When those who don’t express a view are excluded, the figures show a two to one majority who have a benign view of the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

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