Irish over-estimate the amount of foreign aid – yet still support it

03/09/2014 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Earlier this week, Dóchas published the results of the latest Ipsos MRBI research into public attitudes to global development.

And, again, the results are very positive:


  1. The majority of Irish people remain committed to overseas aid in spite of our current circumstances. There is a strong consensus that Ireland has an obligation to invest in overseas aid.
    • 75% of respondents agree that people in Ireland have an obligation to invest in overseas aid, even in times of economic recession.
    • 77% of people feel that it is important for Ireland’s reputation that we keep the promise that 0.7% of national income should be invested in Overseas Aid. That’s an increase of 4% from last year’s results.
  2. There is still a wide gap between what Irish people think the Government is spending on overseas aid and what the Government is actually spending
    • 51% of people think that the government spends between 1-5% GNI on overseas aid. 9% of people think that we spend more than 21% of GNI on overseas aid compared to the real figure of 0.43% – a figure that is 40 times less than this percentage of respondents expect.
    • On average people in Ireland think that the government spends 9.18% of national income. That’s 20 times more than the real figure of 0.43% of GNI spent on development aid in 2013.
  3. Even when reminded of the context of the economic downturn in Ireland the vast majority of the respondents feel that Ireland has an obligation to invest in overseas aid.
    • Though the figure is down slightly from last year, 75% of respondents agree that we have an obligation to invest in overseas aid despite the downturn in the economy.
  4. There has been very little change over the last number of years in this very high level of public support:
    The relevant numbers are:

    • 2010: 81%
    • 2011: 79%
    • 2012: 80%
    • 2013: 73% and
    • 2014: 75%.

And these results are pretty much in line with earlier surveys:

results Q3


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