Tuesday, 5 February 2019

As the second day of strike action gets underway, a significant majority of people in Ireland support the strike by Nurses and Midwives

Reach Insights Press Release

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5th February 2019

As the second day of strike action gets underway, a significant majority of people in Ireland support the strike by Nurses and Midwives  

64% back strike action 
An enormous 87% believe the Government could do more to recruit and retain Nurses and Midwives in Ireland
Women more supportive of the strike than men
From 8am this morning nurses resumed strike action as the pay dispute with the Government rumbles on. To understand what people in Ireland make of the current situation, iReach has conducted a nationally representative survey of 1001 people. The findings demonstrate the great level of sympathy the public have for nurses and midwives, as well the widespread feeling that the Irish Government could do more to make their working conditions more favourable and attractive.

The results also indicate that support and sympathy for nurses and midwives is significantly higher among women rather men in Ireland.

64% of respondents support the nursing strike, though interestingly, support is far higher among females at 71% than it is with males, at just 56%. Additionally, 27% of males oppose the strike whereas only 11% of females are in disagreement.

65% of the overall population believe that is unfair that nurses are paid less in comparison to their healthcare counterparts, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Yet, once again there is a discrepancy in the level of sympathy for nurses and midwives between males and females. 71% of females felt that the pay conditions of nurses are unfair with the figure for males substantially lower again at 59%.

On the question of whether the Government could do more to recruit and retain nurses and midwives in Ireland, a rather emphatic 87% of those asked believed that more could be done. It is notable again that female respondents (90%) are more demanding than males (83%) in looking for action from the Irish Government.

About iReach Insights

iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 10th January and the 17th January and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.

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