Majority Irish voters unclear about EU fiscal pact
DUBLIN IRISH voters would back the European Union’s fiscal pact treaty in next month’s referendum even though less than half of them understand what it is, according to a poll published on Sunday.
The poll for Ireland’s Sunday Times by Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) found that 42 percent are likely to vote for ratifying the treaty, with 27 percent against almost a third undecided.
When the undecided were excluded, 61 percent would vote in favour and 39 percent against.
The referendum on May 31 is expected to be the only plebiscite in an EU country on the pact, which is designed to strengthen the euro through tighter oversight of public finances.
The poll of 946 voters found that 32 percent did not understand the pact at all, while a further 23 percent did not understand it particularly well.