Wednesday October 21, 2020

Referendum was emotional but informed

A study has revealed the extent to which competing feelings of fear and anger helped sway the way people voted in the fiscal treaty referendum, writes Michael Marsh.

9th June, 2012
Voters made an informed decision in last month's referendum. Photo: Collins

Before the referendum vote, government and business circles were afraid that the Irish people, feeling inadequately informed, would give a first-round thumbs down to the third EU deal in a row.

A Yes vote would need a coordinated campaign, with none of the squabbling that marked Lisbon I. Many doubted whether the parties which supported the treaty could deliver their voters, many of whom might have liked an opportunity to signal their dissatisfaction with aspects...

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