73pc of Businesses to Vote Yes in Referendum

24th May, 2012

85pc of Decided Business Voters Support a Yes Vote

 A Chambers Ireland survey published this morning (24/05/12) has indicated that almost three quarters of businesses support a Yes vote in next week’s referendum on the EU Fiscal Stability Treaty. Of decided respondents 85% of businesses support a Yes Vote.

When asked for their voting intentions, 72.9% said that they will vote Yes, 12.7% said they will vote No with 14.2% indicating that they are still undecided.

70% believe that ratifying the Treaty was important for their business. That number increases to 84.4% when undecided voters are excluded.

Speaking this morning Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “This Chamber Network survey confirms strong business support for a yes vote in the referendum. Its findings directly contradict the scaremongering of some commentators within the no camp, who have recently claimed that businesses and international companies simply don’t care about the EU vote.  The vast majority of businesses see this Treaty being of vital importance to business as part of our need to rebuild confidence in our country.”

General feedback indicates that the main drivers of the decision to support a Yes vote are the enhanced confidence levels that will follow from increased stability in our economy. “The Chamber Network is strongly in favour of a Yes vote knowing that it will help to build confidence and support greater levels of economic activity in Ireland. Following on from the informal EU Summit last night we note that there will be no changes to the Treaty and that growth and investment are now firmly on the European agenda. A Yes vote in the Treaty referendum will strengthen this positive development for Ireland,” Talbot concluded.

To view the full report click here.