News Sarah Carey

Monday 5 December 2016

Voters say 'yes', but might say 'no' to another question

There's overwhelming support for gay marriage, but voter concerns about children might muddy the waters

Published 05/04/2015 | 02:30

76pc is the significant majority in favour of gay marriage
76pc is the significant majority in favour of gay marriage

Irish people are funny. They can be libertarian, contrary, conservative and complicated. Two sets of figures in today's poll reveal these characteristics neatly: 76pc and 45pc.

  • Go To

The 76pc is the significant majority (excluding don't knows) in favour of gay marriage. That's the libertarian in us. If gay people want to get married, that does no one any harm, so let them have it. Or as one old farmer I know says, thinking of his nephew: "Sure some of them gay fellas are together longer than half the marriages around here."

That's not to say the final poll will be so overwhelming. The number has come down from 80pc and with another six weeks to polling day I'd fully expect it to reduce further, for a number of reasons.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice