Your Dublin, Your Voice Latest Survey asks are Dubliners feeling better off?

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Your Dublin, Your Voice Latest Survey asks are Dubliners feeling better off?

Dubliners feel economy is improving but personal finances have not picked up

The most recent Your Dublin, Your Voice survey asked citizens how they are managing to get by at the moment.  How do they feel about their personal financial situation and how confident are they in economic recovery?  What level of interest is there among people in starting a business? And what issues do people intend to raise with local election candidates on the doorsteps?

Carried out in December 2013 some 1,417 people responded to the latest Your Dublin, Your Voice survey, Getting on in Dublin. Although 92% of respondents were Irish, 37 other nationalities completed the survey.

YDYV found that while some 55% of respondents felt more confident about the state of the Irish economy compared to one year ago, a similar proportion (53%) actually indicated that they personally were, in fact, worse off financially than last year. Furthermore over one third of respondents expected to be worse off next year. Financial pressure was the biggest worry for 42% of respondents, followed by work / job security (17%) and health (13%).  Half of people had family or friends who had to emigrate in the last 4 years because they could not find suitable employment

The top four topics people wished to discuss with local election candidates were employment, the national economy, public transport and water.  A further 176 respondents mentioned accountability of public servants and representatives and political reform as issues to raise with local election candidates.

Women, people aged 46 – 65 and those with dependent children feeling less confident and more worried; younger age groups feeling brighter about the future.

  • Those aged 46 – 65 and those with dependent children felt that their personal financial situation  was worse than one year previously with 46 – 65 year olds most likely to describe themselves as feeling ‘angry’ about the state of the Irish economy
  • 18 – 30 year olds were most likely to feel ‘hopeful’ about the economy and to anticipate better personal financial health in one year’s time.
  • Just under half of all respondents indicated that the recession had had a major negative impact on their finances - one from which they had not yet recovered.  Again this was especially true for those aged 46 – 65 years and those with dependent children.
  • A majority (85%) worry a bit or a lot about their household finances, with more women than men and more people with dependent children than more likely to indicate that they worry a lot.
  • Some 63% of respondents rated their children’s quality of life as better than their own when they were a child
  • However, mothers are more likely than fathers to feel that their children’s quality of life is not as good as theirs was as a child and women feel that their own quality of life is worse than that of their parents at the same age.
  • Men were more likely than women to consider starting up a new business, as were those aged 18 – 30 and those without dependent children.
  • 36% of respondents indicated that they relied on family or friends to meet some day to day living needs with women and people with dependent children more likely to do so.
  • 48% of YDYV respondents indicated that they provided regular financial or in-kind assistance to family or friends in a vulnerable financial situation; those over age 65 were more likely to be providing this kind of assistance to others.

Just 18% of respondents indicated that they would consider setting up a new business in the next 1 – 2 years. This proportion was higher among men, those aged 18 – 30 years and people who did not have dependent children.

ENDS

For further information please contact Peter Finnegan, Director, Office of Economy and International Relations, Dublin City Council peterj.finnegan@dublincity.ie

01 222 2159 / 086 234 1494 

Notes to Editor

Launched in October 2010, Your Dublin, Your Voice is an initiative of the four Dublin local authorities that gives Dubliners and visitors alike a unique opportunity to provide opinions and views on what they love, like and would be glad to see improved in the capital region.  As the first local government led online opinion panel in Ireland, it seeks feedback and suggestions, via a maximum of four online surveys per year, on a range of issues that impact on quality of life in Dublin.  Your Dublin, Your Voice is an effective mechanism for public sector decision makers to engage with citizens and others in order to drive change for the region. Some 4,000 members, representing all backgrounds, over 60 nationalities and every county in Ireland have registered on the panel since it was launched.

The first survey, carried out during October to December 2010, revealed that despite the economic turmoil people were up-beat about living, working and studying in the capital.  Some 90 percent of respondents agreed that they would recommend Dublin to family and friends as a place to visit, while 83 percent reported that diversity was a positive thing for the city.  Some concerns were highlighted with regard to anti-social behaviour on the streets and while 70 percent felt safe in the city centre during the day, this dropped to just 31 percent at night time.

The second survey sought opinions on Dublin’s shopping and social scene and gathered suggestions on how to improve elements of what the city has to offer.  The majority of respondents agreed that Dublin had a good range of high quality restaurants and that the shopping experience in general was good.  Some 81 percent of survey respondents indicated that access to local and Irish brands was important to them.

The third survey was called Making Dublin Digital. It showed that 97 per cent of respondents had internet access at home. 99 per cent of respondents owned a mobile phone.  60% of these owned a smart phone. 23 per cent owned a tablet and of these well over half (61 per cent) had purchased their device in the last twelve months.  While 52 per cent of respondents indicated that buying from Irish sites or retailers was important or very important to them 65 per cent of respondents indicated that they found it difficult to find Irish sites selling the products or services they want.  92 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Digital online services such as banking, revenue services, paying motor tax online and real time bus information make my life a bit easier, free up my time to do other things and save me money”.

The fourth survey, Shaping Dublin, carried out during May and June 2013 revealed that 61% of respondents agreed that Dublin should have a directly elected mayor.  People indicated that they would like to see a directly elected mayor having powers in traditional local authority areas as well as economic development and transport and potentially policing and emergency services.  Some 60% of respondents indicated that, given the choice, they would prefer a local tax based on income rather than value of property.  The survey also canvassed opinion on Dublin as a city for family living and on perceptions of safety in the city.

A majority of respondents (75%) felt safe in the city centre during the day; this proportion dropped to just 35% at night.  Although female respondents were less likely than males to feel safe in the city centre at night, they were nonetheless more likely to consider that Dublin city centre was a safe place for women and girls.

For detailed results on previous surveys and further information on Your Dublin, Your Voice please go to www.yourdublinyourvoice.ie

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