Thumbs up for EU-US trade from Irish public in nationwide poll

More than three quarters (77pc) of Irish people in a nationwide poll hold the view that Ireland should stay in the EU, even if the UK leaves it.

The poll was conducted following the newly elected UK government’s promise in the Queen’s speech at the opening of the new UK parliament to hold an ‘in/out’ referendum on the country’s membership of the union.

According to the Red C poll commissioned by independent, not-for profit organisation, European Movement Ireland, 86pc of respondents believe Ireland should remain part of the EU, with 84pc of adults here believing that Ireland has, on balance, benefitted from membership of the EU.  

These figures are higher than those in a similar poll carried out in 2013.

In addition, around seven in 10 Irish adults support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and US.

The poll was conducted among a representative sample of over 1,000 people aged 18 and over from across the country.

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