Ireland sees rise in support for EU membership

Ireland should remain a member state according to 88% of respondents of a new survey by Red C Research, conducted for the European Movement Ireland. This marks a four percentage point rise compared to 2020 and 2021 figures and is on par with findings recorded in 2017, but still short of those in 2018 and 2019, which came in at 92% and 93% respectively.  [Shutterstock/klenger]

Support for the EU rose in Ireland this year with almost nine out of ten people backing the country’s membership in the Union, according to a newly released poll by Red C Research.

Ireland should remain a member state according to 88% of respondents of a new survey by Red C Research, conducted for the European Movement Ireland. This marks a four percentage point rise compared to 2020 and 2021 figures and is on par with findings recorded in 2017, but still short of those in 2018 and 2019, which came in at 92% and 93% respectively.

The survey also found that 79% of those surveyed agreed EU membership had had a positive impact on their lives, while 9% disagreed. Rates of the agreement were highest amongst those over age 65 (87%), followed closely by those aged between 18 and 24 (82%).

Support for remaining in the EU as well as levels of agreement that the Union had had a positive impact on people’s lives, were highest in Dublin, at 92% and 83% respectively. 76% of those asked agreed that they had a good understanding of how the EU works.

When it comes to whether Ireland should be part of increased EU defence and security cooperation, however, only 59% of respondents agreed, with 26% taking the opposite position. Support was lowest amongst those in younger age groups, failing to breach 60% among those aged 18 to 54.

The poll’s results were released just shy of the 50th anniversary on Tuesday of the 1972 referendum, which saw Ireland vote to join the European Economic Community.

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