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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Surprise surprise

The Irish Government's big poll is finally out, and they say that the only reason people voted no is because they are a bunch of ungrateful, pig ignorant, boxty-munching... poorly informed about EU affairs.

It will be interesting to see what questions they used to get the results they wanted. It looks like the stitch-up for a second referendum is firmly on.

As the economist points out today, although the biggest spontaneous answer from No voters about their choice is a lack of understanding, the biggest reasons from yes voters also indicate a lack of real understanding about the treaty – they are vague and reflect a general positive view of the EU rather than any particular attachment to the treaty itself.

Among the top (spontaneous) reasons for voting yes were:

I followed advice 22%

EU has been/is good for Ireland (unspecified) 20%

Treaty is good for Ireland (unspecified) 16%

Felt it was the right thing to do 14%

Feel European/am a supporter of European integration 8%

Etc etc

The difference, perhaps, is that Brussels feels that these rather general reasons for voting yes are "legitimate", but general reasons for voting no are not.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

EB team,
You make a very assertive blog.
I read you since the beginning of my notolisbontreaty.blogsome.com

About this post: all those who breastfeed in the EU tit won't give up the "Empire", no matter what lies they'll have to say.
Thank you guys for keep saying the truth. I'd like to do the same but I have no spare time at the moment to keep posting.
This is an uneven fight, we know. They have a tremendous media power, lots of money and all the time to get their way. We have only the blogs, little time, small money... and a lot of good will and courage.