A poll in today's Sunday Independent claims that only 45% of people would want an election when Brian Cowen goes and is (presumably) replaced by Brian Lenihan. The Quantum Research telephone poll was of 500 people across he nation. Here are they key findings:
Form the next government:
- People prefer Lenihan to Michael Martin by a greater than 2:1 margin to be the next leader of FF (70%:30%)
- 70% of those asked believe Cowen was hungover during the infamous Morning Ireland interview
- 77% of those polled felt Cowen was wrong to be up socialising until 3:30 the night before the interview
- 65% of those polled felt Covney was wrong to tweet that Cowen "sounded somewhere between drunk and hungover" the morning of the interview
- 55% of those polled said any new taoiseach should be given an opportunity to solve the country's economic problems; 45% said a General Election should be called immediately
I think that poll is very biased as I do not believe for a second that a healthy majority of the public are in favour of a third FF taoiseach in this Dáil taking office without calling an election, particularly on the basis laid out in the poll question: that any new taoiseach should be given an opportunity to solve the country's economic problems. The key fact is Lenihan has been Minister for Finance for some time now, and although he's a competent and consummate politician, he has been incapable of turning the economy around since taking the job.