With support for the current Irish government falling, an upcoming referendum on acceptance of the latest European Union fiscal treaty could be at risk as support for the opposition rises.
Reuters reported that a poll conducted Friday on support for the government indicated that the Irish are growing even more disenchanted with those in office. Satisfaction with the government, according to the poll, an Irish Times poll conducted by IPOS/MRBI, has fallen by 14 percentage points to 23% since the last poll in October.
On the other hand, support for Sinn Fein, the former political arm of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that is campaigning for a vote against the treaty in the referendum, has risen to 21%. That is the highest it has ranked in an Irish Times poll. Perhaps even more worrisome, however, are the results of a Thursday poll that indicated 40% of voters are still undecided on how they will cast ballots on the treaty.