Opinion polling in Ireland

Date of publication: June 15, 1980

Author: John F. Meagher


This paper addresses itself to the factors underlying the rapid change in the attitudes held by the Irish media toward political opinion polling. It draws on data derived from the continuous IMS Political Monitor (established in 1974). It also describes the problems of political polling in a country with a "two and one-half party” line-up (lacking a traditional Left-Right dimension) and a unique electoral system of proportional representation.

John F. Meagher


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