Irish Times poll backs Bertie

The Irish Times has more figures from its poll.. and has decided to highlight that 62% of those surveyed support Taioseach Bertie Ahern’s reluctant assessment that he should continue to talk to Sinn Féin. Further down the article, though, is a more significant figure – less than half of those surveyed, just 46%, said they believe that Sinn Féin “is committed to working towards the ending of all paramilitary violence and criminal activity” – That’s a pretty fundamental question for any democracy. (usual caveats with polls apply with an additional note that no comparable figures for the last 7 years seem to be available)