An overwhelming majority, 93 per cent, of people in Ireland surveyed as part of a recent European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) / Red C Research (Red C) poll believe that Ireland should remain a member of the EU. Last year, for the first time, support for Ireland remaining in the EU jumped to over 90 per cent, and support has risen again in 2019 to the highest since this poll was first conducted in 2013.
The annual EM Ireland survey of Irish attitudes to the EU also indicates a widespread belief among the Irish public that the Euro has been positive for Ireland with 86 per cent of those surveyed agreeing with the statement. Commenting on the findings, Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of EM Ireland said, “Last year’s poll showed positivity for Ireland’s EU membership at an impressive high, so it is unexpected but welcome to see that support has risen yet again in 2019. Another notable result is the strong support for the Euro 20 years on from its introduction in Ireland.”
58 per cent of those surveyed believe that Ireland should be part of increased EU defence and security co-operation and 50 per cent support increased EU tax co-operation. Noelle O Connell continued, “The fact that a majority are in favour of more co-operation at EU level on defence and security, as well as high figures on tax, suggest these issues are perhaps not as sensitive as they are sometimes depicted. However, the relatively high number of people that answered, ‘Don’t Know’ to these questions reflects the need for continued and constant national debate on certain aspects of our EU membership.”
83 per cent of voters express an intention to vote in the upcoming European Parliament Elections. However young adults aged between 18-24 are
significantly less likely to vote on 24 May 2019 according to the poll. Noelle O Connell commented, “The fact that such a high proportion of the population have expressed their intention to vote in the upcoming European Parliament Elections is encouraging. It shows that Irish people take their EU citizenship seriously and are keen to exercise it. However, in EM Ireland, we also recognise the need for continued work in relation to European Parliament Election voter participation and engagement. As part of our Election campaign we are holding a series of public meetings with MEP candidates across the country, including one in Limerick on 8 May and one in Dublin on 16 May. I would urge all those interested to come along and meet their MEP candidates.”