Friday, July 22, 2011

94% of Voters Support Pay Cut for Judges in Referendum

A new Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds overwhelming public support for cutting pay for judges in the forthcoming referendum:
Asked how they will vote in the referendum in the autumn, 94 per cent of voters say they will vote Yes and just 3 per cent say they will vote No, with only 3 per cent having no opinion.
If this view is mirrored in the referendum the outcome will be one of the highest Yes votes in a constitutional referendum in the history of the State.

Poll results can be skewed by how the question is framed; in this instance it is not surprising that there is virtually unanimous support for cutting pay. After all, it is tempting to make grand gestures when other people are paying the price, especially when those people are perceived as privileged elites.