79% want Govt to deliver on aid promise
2015-09-15 13:52:23 -

The vast majority of Irish people still support overseas aid, despite the economic downturn, new research has found.


The Ipsos MRBI opinion poll found that 79 per cent of us felt that, even in an economic downturn, Ireland has an obligation to invest in overseas aid. Last year, only 75 per cent responded the same.


Commissioned by Dóchas, the umbrella body of Ireland’s development NGOs, the Ipsos MRBI poll this past July gauged the views of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people aged 15 and over.


The survey also found that Irish people massively overestimate the amount that the Government spends on overseas aid.


Respondents to the survey believed it to take up nine per cent of the national income – more than 20 times higher than the actual figure of 0.39 per cent.


“This survey shows once again that people in Ireland want our country to do the right thing,” said Dóchas director Hans Zomer. 


When asked what proportion of Ireland’s income, in percentage terms, the Government should spend on overseas aid, 57 per cent of people opted for one to five per cent of national income, when Irish people currently spend 39c out of every €100.


“This research provides an important reminder to the Government as it prepares Budget 2016 that people in Ireland believe we have an obligation to help those less fortunate than us,” added Zomer. “This is not about feeling good about ourselves; this is about keeping our promise to the world.”

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