Ireland votes to legalise abortion

Stuff reports:

The newspaper exit poll indicated overwhelming support for change. The survey by pollster Ipsos-MRBI says 68 per cent of voters backed repeal of the ban and 32 per cent opposed it. The pollster says it interviewed some 4,000 people and the survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. The poll is only a prediction.

The exit poll is in line with pre-voting polls.

Earlier polls have had yes leading by margins of 11% to 40%. It was always going to be a case of how big a win.

The margin for yes for various demographics is interesting:

  • Men +30%
  • Women +40%
  • Under 25s +74%
  • 50 to 64 year olds +26%
  • Over 65s -20%

Not a huge difference between men and women voting. All age groups strongly in favour except over 65s.

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