Surge in prominence of immigration issues, according to new survey
Immigration tops the list of issues getting the attention of voters in the past month, according to a new measure of public sentiment introduced today by The Irish Times and Ipsos B&A.
Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of respondents to the survey cited immigration issues when asked what they had noticed about what the Government had done recently.
Next on the list was housing, at 19 per cent, with taxes and social policies each at 4 per cent.
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