Latest Eighth Amendment Poll Shows Continued But Reduced Lead For 'Yes'

Lead for Irish abortion reform narrows with eight days to go

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll has found that a mere eight days before the referendum, the Yes side are retaining a lead.

The undecideds are at 17 per cent - a drop of three points, while 5 per cent say they won't vote.

The poll found that 44% of voters are in favour of repeal and 32% are voting no.

According to The Irish Times. women and people from urban areas are most in favour of repeal.

This means the Yes side has a 12 point lead but is down 3 points from the previous poll published an April 30, when the Yes side had a 19 point lead.

It added: "To use 'health" as a justification for abortion, when the vast majority of abortions do not take place on any kind of health ground, inverts the true goal of medicine and doctors who value their calling should have nothing to do with this'.

However, the poll suggests that the No side will need a dramatic increase in points if there is to be a majority No vote in the referendum. Furthermore, she said, "someone who presents from 12-24 weeks of pregnancy who has mental health problems that are causing difficulty and distress should be treated and mental health problems as a term is extremely vague".

When the same poll asked three weeks ago whether voters would support a change allowing the government to legislate for abortion on request up to 12 weeks - the regime it hopes to introduce after the vote - 47 percent were in favor and 28 percent against.

It also shows that Dublin remains the most pro-repeal part of the country, while older voters are still more likely to support the No side.

The poll was conducted on 15 and 16 May, and saw the face-to-face participation of 1,200 eligible voters across all constituencies.

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