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Voting intention in the Irish abortion referendum 2018, by age group

Prior to the Irish Repeal the Eighth Amendment Referendum, which took place on Friday 25th May 2018, support for repealing the amendment was highest among 25 to 34-year old’s, while those aged 65 and over were the most likely to oppose repealing the amendment.

Yes wins with 66.4% of the votes
The eight amendment was repealed following the vote, with 66.4 percent voting to repeal the amendment. The eighth amendment itself limited abortion to cases where the mother's life was at risk, as a result of this vote the Irish Parliament now has the authority to legalize abortion in other cases as well.

Men and women supported repeal
While most men and women supported repealing the amendment, there were higher levels of support among women. Similarly, in both urban and rural areas a plurality of respondents to a survey advised they supported repealing the amendment, with urban areas having higher levels of support.

Will you vote Yes in favor of removing the 8th Amendment, or will you vote No to keep it?*

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Sources

Release date

May 2018

Region

Europe, Ireland

Survey time period

May 2018

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "There will be a referendum on 25th May to remove the ban on abortion currently in the constitution, known as the 8th Amendment. Will you vote Yes in favour of removing the 8th Amendment, or will you vote No to keep it?"

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