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Three cheers, maybe four, for the Irish Republic's Electorate

A most heartening poll in The Irish Times:

"A substantial majority of voters are not prepared to pay more taxes to fund public services, but they believe the Government already has enough money to fund those services... Asked if they would be prepared to pay more taxes to fund public services, 72 per cent said no, while 23 per cent said yes".


Is it because the Irish Republic's electorate is clearer sighted than our own, or that they are more prepared to tell pollsters what they think, in contrast to this neck of the woods where pollees seem inclined to give the 'right' (or rather left...) answer to the man or woman with the clipboard and another answer in the voting booth?


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Blogger Praguetory said... 11:24 am

Maybe Guido has got it right.  



Anonymous this Icelandic mafioso said... 4:14 pm

Problem is, what %age of people answer polls? A Gallup about Sunnandagur's Icelandic election admitted it's 63%. I suspec lower in Blighty.  



Blogger The Hitch said... 4:49 pm

If only bono would start paying tax it would reduce the burden on the rest of the population

God I hate that prick  



Blogger james higham said... 8:35 am

Yes, why are the Brits so twee at saying what they think?  



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