Poll

Westmeath Independent Polls

Please see below for all current polls on the Westmeath Independent website. If you have already voted on any of our polls you may not be able to vote again.

How do you plan to vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum?

Poll ended on the 20th April, 2015 and the results were:

Yes

54.1%

No

40.5%

I won't vote

2.7%

I'm not registered to vote

2.7%

The government is considering lifting the Good Friday pub ban. Should they do it?

Poll ended on the 18th February, 2015 and the results were:

Yes, it's an antiquated law

38.3%

No, it's one of the most important days in the Christian calendar

30.0%

No, we have a big enough problem with alcohol already

26.7%

Don't care either way

5.0%

Do you make New Year's resolutions?

Poll ended on the 14th January, 2015 and the results were:

Yes, they are useful goals.

37.5%

No, resolutions are a waste of time.

50.0%

Maybe for a week or two but they don't last.

12.5%

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Poll ended on the 15th December, 2014 and the results were:

No chance, it'll be a last minute dash on Christmas Eve

21.1%

I've picked up one or two bits

47.4%

Already done and everything wrapped!

31.6%

Do you think water charges will bring down the Government?

Poll ended on the 14th November, 2014 and the results were:

No... they will survive

15.2%

Yes ... it's a complete mess

74.7%

One Government is as bad as another anyway

10.1%

How will you vote on planned referendum on extension of civil marriage rights to lesbian and gay people?

Poll ended on the 14th July, 2014 and the results were:

Yes

67.7%

No

29.0%

I won't vote

3.2%

What do you think of the timing of the closure of Church Street?

Poll ended on the 2nd July, 2014 and the results were:

It's madness

39.5%

Summer is best time to do the work

7.9%

The work is necessary so people should stop complaining

52.6%

Who do you think will win the World Cup?

Poll ended on the 25th June, 2014 and the results were:

Brazil

11.1%

Argentina

27.8%

Holland

11.1%

Germany

44.4%

Spain

5.6%

Italy

0%

Who do you think should lead the Labour Party?

Poll ended on the 9th June, 2014 and the results were:

Joan Burton

0.0%

Alex White

100.0%

Who will win this year's All-Ireland SF title?

Poll ended on the 6th June, 2014 and the results were:

Dublin

42.1%

Mayo

21.1%

Donegal

15.8%

None of the above

21.1%

Election posters: a symbol of democracy or a blight on the landscape?

Poll ended on the 9th May, 2014 and the results were:

A symbol of democracy, leave them be

14.7%

Blight on the landscape, get rid!

85.3%

Is the GAA's deal with Sky Sports a positive move?

Poll ended on the 17th April, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, it will bring Gaelic games to a wider audience

47.8%

No, GAA championship games should be free to air

52.2%

Can Jay Boland win The Voice of Ireland?

Poll ended on the 4th April, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, our man can go all the way

53.8%

No, the competition is too strong

11.5%

I have no interest in the competition

34.6%

Should Alan Shatter resign?

Poll ended on the 19th March, 2014 and the results were:

Yes

83.3%

No

16.7%

I don't really care

0%

Did you give up anything for Lent?

Poll ended on the 12th March, 2014 and the results were:

Yes and I'll stick it out to the end

20.0%

Yes, but I've already broken it!

24.0%

No, I don't observe Lent

56.0%

Next Friday is international women's day. Do you think there is equality between the genders?

Poll ended on the 6th March, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, women are now treated equally

23.1%

No, there is still inequality between men and women

38.5%

Not until women have control of their own bodies

15.4%

Women's liberation has gone too far

23.1%

Can Ireland win this year's Six Nations rugby title?

Poll ended on the 26th February, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, Ireland can do it

74.2%

No, England or France will win it

16.1%

Ireland will win the Grand Slam

3.2%

I have no interest in rugby

6.5%

Are neknominations so dangerous they should be banned?

Poll ended on the 14th February, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, they've already led to deaths

42.9%

No, it's just some people take them too far

25.0%

They can be a bit of fun if kept in proportion

14.3%

It's not possible to ban them

17.9%

What is your favourite Garth Brooks song?

Poll ended on the 6th February, 2014 and the results were:

Friends in Low Places

26.1%

If Tomorrow Never Comes

21.7%

The Dance

34.8%

None of the above

17.4%

Is there more or less crime in Athlone nowadays?

Poll ended on the 29th January, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, things have got worse in recent years

63.0%

No, it's the same as it ever was

18.5%

There's less crime now, just more focus on it

7.4%

Crimes are more violent anyway

11.1%

Do you make New Year's resolutions?

Poll ended on the 16th January, 2014 and the results were:

Yes, they are a useful goal

13.3%

No, a total waste of time

53.3%

I can never keep them

20.0%

Couldn't care less either way

13.3%

What do you think of Christmas?

Poll ended on the 2nd January, 2014 and the results were:

It's good, but gone too crazy

46.7%

The best time of the year, by far

13.3%

I can take it or leave it

10.0%

Bah humbug

30.0%

Will the top up controversy impact on your charity donations?

Poll ended on the 20th December, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, I'll think twice about donating to charity

47.1%

No, I will still donate the same amount

5.9%

I don't give to charity anyway

5.9%

I'll be more careful about which charities I support

41.2%

Should school uniforms be scrapped?

Poll ended on the 18th November, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, individual school uniforms are just a money racket

10.0%

No, a free for all will only create more divisions between students

55.0%

The real issue is the cost of books

35.0%

Do you agree with plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol?

Poll ended on the 29th October, 2013 and the results were:

Yes - It will stop cheap alcohol sales from supermarket

30.0%

No - It's just the powerful publicans complaining again

35.0%

Why should the State have a role in price fixing?

25.0%

Doesn't matter, we'll still drink too much

10.0%

Will Roddy Collins stay with Athlone Town?

Poll ended on the 10th October, 2013 and the results were:

If the club provides a good budget for next season

53.6%

Yes, he is enjoying it here

10.7%

Not if a bigger club comes in for him

35.7%

Who do you want as the next Irish football manager?

Poll ended on the 26th September, 2013 and the results were:

Martin O'Neill

43.8%

Chris Hughton

21.9%

Alex Ferguson

21.9%

Mick McCarthy

6.3%

Should have stuck with Trapattoni

0%

None of the above

6.3%

Who are you listening to on radio now?

Poll ended on the 19th September, 2013 and the results were:

Pat Kenny on Newstalk

5.6%

Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio 1

33.3%

Will Faulkner on Midlands 103

5.6%

Joe Finnegan on Shannonside

5.6%

None of the above

50.0%

A hundred years on from the lock out, do workers get a fair deal in modern Ireland?

Poll ended on the 12th September, 2013 and the results were:

Yes - workers' rights are well established

12.5%

No - the power still remains with employers

31.3%

Workers and unions have too much power nowadays

18.8%

If we had more Larkins, Ireland would be better off

37.5%

Should the west launch a military intervention in Syria?

Poll ended on the 3rd September, 2013 and the results were:

Yes - the bloodshed has to stop

23.3%

No - intervention always makes things worse

50.0%

I really don't know - it's a tricky situation

20.0%

They should but they won't

6.7%

Should technology, like Hawk-Eye, be part of Gaelic Games?

Poll ended on the 28th August, 2013 and the results were:

Yes - we have to move with the times

79.2%

No - referees' decisions should be final

8.3%

After the mistake last weekend, it's time to shout stop

8.3%

Hawk-Eye? Was he in the A Team?

4.2%

What do you think of the plan by a local bishop to ban funeral eulogies and tributes in his churches?

Poll ended on the 20th August, 2013 and the results were:

A funeral is not a place for family speeches

17.0%

The bishop is out of touch on this issue

77.4%

I can see both sides of the argument

5.7%

Can Roscommon minors win the All-Ireland?

Poll ended on the 14th August, 2013 and the results were:

Yes - There's nothing to stop Fergal O'Donnell's lads

62.5%

No - They'll fall short

8.3%

Too hard to call at this stage

20.8%

I'm not interested

8.3%

Have you visited the new-look Athlone Castle? What do you think of it?

Poll ended on the 7th August, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, I enjoyed it

35.7%

Yes, but I wasn't impressed

0.0%

No, but I will

57.1%

No, it doesn't interest me

7.1%

In light of our front page story this week should water safety training be mandatory in schools?

Poll ended on the 31st July, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, I think it would be a good addition

75.8%

No, it doesn't have a place in schools

3.0%

It should be left up to parents

21.2%

Should gay marriage be legalised in Ireland?

Poll ended on the 20th June, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, same sex couples should have the same rights

67.8%

No, same sex relationships are just wrong

13.6%

No, the civil partnership laws are sufficient

18.6%

Do you think the Seanad should be abolished?

Poll ended on the 13th June, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, it costs too much money

50.0%

No, the Seanad performs an important function

15.9%

The Seanad should be reformed not abolished

27.3%

The number of TDs should be reduced

6.8%

Can Westmeath beat Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday?

Poll ended on the 2nd June, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, Westmeath can pull off a surprise

37.9%

No, the Dubs will be too strong

27.6%

Westmeath can have a good run in the qualifiers anyway

24.1%

I have no interest in football

10.3%

Should Alan Shatter resign over his remarks about Mick Wallace being stopped by Gardai?

Poll ended on the 26th May, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, this is an abuse of power

76.9%

No, the Minister did nothing wrong

7.7%

I'm not sure

0%

I have other things to worry about

15.4%

Do you think there should be an admission charge for the Luan Gallery?

Poll ended on the 17th May, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, there should be a small charge

19.6%

No, entry to galleries should be free

62.7%

There could be a charge for some exhibitions

15.7%

Undecided

2.0%

Should the government legislate for abortion?

Poll ended on the 25th April, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, in limited circumstances

26.5%

Yes, woman's right to choose

55.9%

No, it's a slippery slope

2.9%

No, the foetus has rights too

14.7%

After the Alkermes job losses in Athlone, do you think your job is safe?

Poll ended on the 18th April, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, touch wood

26.7%

No, I'm worried about my job security

23.3%

I wish I knew the answer to that

23.3%

I wish I had a job

26.7%

Should Trapattoni be sacked?

Poll ended on the 8th April, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, he has lost the plot

43.9%

No - have some respect

17.1%

Let's wait until we can't qualify for the World Cup

26.8%

Football, who cares?

12.2%

Do you think Athlone has a heroin problem?

Poll ended on the 28th March, 2013 and the results were:

Yes

62.5%

No

12.5%

It's no worse than any other town of its size

25.0%

With the Airtricity League season about to kick off, can Roddy Collins change Athlone Town's fortunes?

Poll ended on the 15th March, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, Roddy can work his magic

51.4%

No, Athlone have too much ground to make up

32.4%

I'm only interested in the English Premier League

16.2%

Do you think St Brigid's can win the All Ireland title on St Patrick's Day?

Poll ended on the 7th March, 2013 and the results were:

Yes, it's their year

61.8%

No, Ballymun will be too strong

11.8%

I think it could be a draw

6.6%

I don't follow the GAA

19.7%

What do you think of the plan to abolish Athlone Town Council?

Poll ended on the 22nd October, 2012 and the results were:

Good idea - too much local government

63.6%

Terrible idea - undermines local government

18.2%

It will have no impact on me one way or the other

18.2%

Will Athlone's China project come to pass?

Poll ended on the 15th May, 2012 and the results were:

Yes

0.0%

No chance

50.0%

I don't know but I hope so

0%

I don't know but I hope not

50.0%

test

Poll ended on the 18th April, 2012 and the results were:

test

50.0%

test

50.0%

Is enough being done to preserve jobs in Athlone?

Poll ended on the 29th March, 2010 and the results were:

Yes - IDA and the rest are doing a good job

2.5%

No - Look at the unemployment figures

10.0%

The Government needs to support business

2.5%

Where's our enterprise spirit?

85.0%

Will there be a general election in 2010?

Poll ended on the 2nd March, 2010 and the results were:

Who knows? But there should be

9.1%

No. This government will last its term

9.1%

Yes. The wheels are falling off

45.5%

I wouldn't vote anyway

36.4%

Can Westmeath footballers turn the corner?

Poll ended on the 22nd February, 2010 and the results were:

What? It's early days yet. Steady on.

28.6%

The glory days are a long way away

7.1%

Not unless the big names return

14.3%

Have you no more important issues?

50.0%

Is enough being done to tackle unemployment?

Poll ended on the 15th February, 2010 and the results were:

Yes - it's a recession don't forget

0.0%

No - people are being left on a scrapheap

66.7%

Where's my passport and one-way ticket

16.7%

Social welfare payments are too high

16.7%

Is Athlone a dirty old town?

Poll ended on the 8th February, 2010 and the results were:

No more than anywhere else

8.3%

Yes - We should be ashamed

75.0%

No - By Irish standards, it's clean

16.7%

Should there be a public inquiry into the banking crisis?

Poll ended on the 26th January, 2010 and the results were:

Only if you want more rich solicitors

6.3%

Yes - Somebody needs to take the blame

68.8%

No - Spend the money on hospitals instead

25.0%

What do you think of Tuesday's public sector strike?

Poll ended on the 24th November, 2009 and the results were:

It's time people stood up for themselves

26.7%

Do these people live in the real world?

66.7%

I can see both sides of the argument

6.7%

How big a threat is swine flu?

Poll ended on the 17th November, 2009 and the results were:

A serious problem for the nation's health

55.6%

Not as bad as it's made out

33.3%

I don't trust the HSE to deal with it

11.1%

Are the unions correct in opposing forced pay cuts in the public service?

Poll ended on the 10th November, 2009 and the results were:

Yes - public servants aren't to blame

91.3%

No - we all need to take the pain

5.2%

The unions are part of the problem

3.5%

Should the drink-driving limit be reduced further?

Poll ended on the 3rd November, 2009 and the results were:

Yes - if it saves one life it's worth it

71.4%

No - rural Ireland needs to be protected

28.6%

Enforcement won't be resourced anyway

0%

Should HSE CEO Brendan Drumm accept a €70,000 bonus for 2007?

Poll ended on the 26th October, 2009 and the results were:

Yes, things were good then

0.0%

No, our health service is in crisis

100.0%

Doesn't matter what I think

0%

At 16k each a year, are our town councillors worth it?

Poll ended on the 12th May, 2009 and the results were:

Yes

13.5%

No

68.8%

Some are

17.7%

Should the Minister for Education ban the sale of sugary drinks in schools?

Poll ended on the 6th September, 2014 and the results were:

Yes

76.2%

No

14.3%

The Minister has should have no role in this situation

4.8%

Don't care either way

4.8%