This is the first claim made on the Coir website about the success of their campaign. There is no reason to disbelieve it. The rationale for the NO gaining ground that it gives, reads as if it’s well thought through, intelligent and genuine, in my opinion.
It provides a confirming story to back up the result of The Gael Poll, and gives a good description of what’s going on at street level.
From the COIR website today –
Cóir have welcomed the result of a poll carried out by Gael Poll which found that, after weeks of intensive campaigning, the No vote has pulled ahead.
Gael Poll say they polled 1,500 respondents in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny, Galway, Athlone, Tralee, Dundalk and Letterkenny over the course of six days last week. The respondents were asked one single question: How do you intend to vote in the Lisbon Treaty Referendum? Excluding Don’t Knows, 59% replied No while 41% said they would vote Yes to the treaty.
Campaigners right across the country canvassing with Cóir say that the poll comes close to their own experience that the No vote is pulling ahead in defiance of the “dire threats being made by supporters of the treaty” as Cóir’s campaign intensifies in the last 10 days before the referendum.
“Voters are more informed thanks to the huge canvass we’ve undertaken, and the popularity of Cóir’s website. And the anger at the handling of the economic crisis is overcoming the fear kindled by the Yes campaign in relation to the downturn,” said spokesman Richard Greene.
He added that supporters of the Treaty had “overplayed the fear card” saying that “all the fear-mongering has worn thin and people are asking real questions at the doors – about jobs, wages, the power of the EU Court and our future in Europe.” Mr Greene noted that last week’s Wall Street Journal had described the government’s pro-Lisbon campaign as “peddling phantom terrors”.
“People have been listening to politicians falsely warning of financial ruin if the treaty wasn’t passed, but now the anger felt by voters at NAMA, at job losses, and at cuts, is allowing voters to overcome that fear,” said the Cóir spokesman. “We’re presenting the facts about the treaty to voters; about threats to wages, to jobs, about our loss of power in Europe, and the ability to the EU to raise taxes on us, and people are increasingly telling us at the doors that they will vote No”.
COIR Campaign website is www.coircampaign.org
Link to original ‘NO is pulling ahead’ on Coir website HERE