Voters almost evenly split on desire for General Election

Voters almost evenly split on desire for General Election

Voters are split about whether there should be an immediate General Election and less than one in five of those believe the €3bn in savings in the budget should be centred around tax hikes.

Part Two of this Millward Brown/Lansdowne poll for TV3 focuses on the Budget and the appetite for an election. A total of 1,000 voters nationwide were questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday for the poll.

Some 49% want an election now, but 47% do not, while 56% of those polled believe the €3bn being sought by the Government in the next Budget should be from cuts in public spending

Just 17% believe it should come from tax hikes, while 18% believe it should be a mixture of both.

In terms of party support, compared to the last Millward Brown Lansdowne poll in February, support for Fianna Fáil is down 5% to 22%; Fine Gael is down 4% to 30%; Labour up 16% to 35%.

The Green Party is unchanged at 2%; Sinn Féin down 4% to 4%, and Independents and others are down 2% to 8%.

Contributors were also asked which political leaders should take part in a TV debate. Just 7% believe it should be a two-way contest between Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny.

Some 34% say Eamon Gilmore should also be included, with the majority - 56% - in favour of a five-way debate including John Gormley and Gerry Adams.

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