Newstalk/Red C poll reveals that almost all adults believe that refugees should be Garda vetted before entering Ireland

Newstalk / Red C poll reveals that almost all adults believe that refugees should be Garda vetted before entering Ireland.

The second in a series of Newstalk/Red C polls ahead of the general election has found that an overwhelming majority (88%) of the Irish population feel that Garda vetting of Syrian refugees is needed before entering the country, while almost half of all adults (49%) believe that taking in 4,000 refugees would result in increased level of crime in Ireland.

The majority of the population (67%) support the government’s commitment to take 4,000 refugees.  However, not all are in agreement, a third of all adults believe that the figure is too many whilst 1 in 5 believe that we should take more.

When it comes to housing refugees 65% of Irish people believe that local authority housing would be the most suitable.  Direct provision would be supported to a lesser degree at just 43%, with voluntary host accommodation (38%) and private accommodation such as hostel and hotels (26%) less popular.

The Irish public remain open to accommodating refugees in their communities, with 60% claiming they are happy to have refugees live close to where they live.

Commenting on the research Richard Colwell, CEO Red C Research says ‘It is clear that Immigration is an issue that divides voters in Ireland.  A third of voters believe bringing in 4000 refugees from Syria is too many.  Even more are concerned about the possible impact on increased Crime, with the majority demanding Garda vetting.  However, if assured by proper vetting the majority of Irish citizens retain their legendary welcome for outsiders, showing a clear desire to help at least the 4000 refugees that has been agreed, and an openness to accommodating them in close proximity to their homes’

The full RedC/Newstalk Immigration report were discussed in detail on this evening’s The Right Hook with George Hook.

From 7am tomorrow morning Newstalk Breakfast will follow-up with all of the reaction to today’s poll findings.

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 Sample Size and Mode of Field Work:-

 A national representative sample survey of 1008 adults 18+ was conducted by Red C on behalf of Newstalk 106-108fm.  The field work was took place between 25th-27th January 2016.  The method was by way of telephone omnibus survey.