Red C Poll

Richard Colwell: Budget 2024 fails to deliver hoped-for bounce for government parties

Overriding feeling in the Business Post/Red C poll is that the budget didn't meet voters’ expectations

Coalition leaders Eamon Ryan, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin: the lack of any positive response to this budget suggests it will be difficult to sway voters from their current intentions. Picture: RollingNews

Earlier this month, the government announced a budget with a total spending package of €14 billion. One of the largest budgets seen in the history of the state, it included a reported average tax cut of €800 per person per year.

The resulting drop in support for the largest two government parties is surely not the response the government parties were hoping for from voters. In days gone by, a budget of this scale would ...