A large majority are opposed to cutting social welfare benefits in this December's budget, according to an opinion poll published this morning.
Three-quarters of respondents to the Irish Times poll said welfare rates should not be cut as part of measures to reduce public spending.
Seventy-one per cent also said they were opposed to the taxing of child benefit.
Elsewhere, 70% of respondents said they favoured spending cuts rather than tax increases, with support for cuts strongest among Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael supporters.
The strongest support for tax increases was among the wealthiest social groups.