Exit poll data from Ireland’s historic abortion referendum has indicated a landslide win for advocating liberalisation of its restrictive laws.
Here are some of the trends that have appeared from polls carried out for the Irish Times and RTE:
– Young versus old
The polling data suggests a huge gulf in views held by Ireland’s youngest and oldest generations.
Both exit surveys recorded support for the Yes camp at approaching 90% among 18 to 24-year-olds.
By contrast, the over-65 group was the only age bracket to vote No, with around 60% wanting to retain the Eighth Amendment.
Some extraordinary (extra-extraordinary) stuff in the detail of the Exit Poll:— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) May 25, 2018
- 77% Yes in Dublin
- 66% Yes in Munster
- 59% Yes in Connacht
- Majority in all age groups under 65
– Urban versus rural
As predicted, urban areas appear to have been more strongly in favour of repeal, at just over 70%.
But according to the polls, rural areas also voted Yes, with around 60 to 63% in favour.
– Region by region
In keeping with the urban/rural trend, Dublin had the highest Yes vote of around 78%.
In Leinster, just under two-thirds of voters (66%) backed liberalisation, with a similar figure in Munster.
In Connacht/Ulster, the figure was slightly lower at around 61%.