Recent survey shows strong support for overseas aid
Monday, 06 Sep 2010
The Government should deliver on its aid promises to the world’s poorest to maintain its international reputation, according to a recent opinion poll by Ipsos MRBI.
The survey, which was commissioned by Dóchas - the umbrella group of Irish development NGOs - found that 81 per cent of respondents agreed it was important for Ireland’s reputation that the Government delivered on its aid promises of spending 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid by 2015 at the latest.
“Ireland made promises to the world’s poorest people, and built a global reputation on the strength of those promises, and we know that that is exactly what people in Ireland want to see happen.”
“Our survey shows that a large majority of people agree that it is essential for our reputation as a country that Ireland delivers on its aid promises,” said Dóchas Director Hans Zomer.
In the survey, respondents were asked if Ireland should continue to support overseas aid even with its current economic difficulties. The results showed a massive support for overseas aid, with 84 per cent of respondents agreeing that it was important.
“Public support for investing in overseas aid - even in an economic downturn – continues to be strong. This shows that people in Ireland believe in a just and fair world, and that the economic crisis shouldn’t be a reason for us to turn our back on the world’s poorest people,” noted Zomer.
“The figures remind the Government that people in Ireland feel strongly about our tradition, and our obligations towards those less fortunate than ourselves,” concluded Hans Zomer.
Poll key findings are available at: http://www.dochas.ie/Shared/Files/1/MRBI_poll_Key_Findings_Final.pdf