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.