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New Red C poll: Two in three back some form of abortion legislation

MORE than a third of the electorate directly support the government’s decision to legalise the X case, allowing abortion where the mother’s life is at risk, including by suicide.

This is according to the first opinion poll of the year.

The Red C poll, commissioned by bookmakers Paddy Power, shows 35pc of those surveyed in favour while another 29pc would support legalising abortion in any case where a woman requests it.

This means at least 64pc of voters are in support of some form of abortion,.

A quarter of those surveyed want a constitutional amendment to limit the X case, by excluding the threat of suicide as a reason, while 8pc do not want any legalisation of abortion law.

The poll also shows that support for Fine Gael has dropped by 7pc since the 2011 general election to 29pc.

Labour has halted its decline by remaining steady at 6pc but is still down by 6pc since the election.

Support for Fianna Fail has jumped again to 21pc.

Over half of those surveyed, 57pc, felt Belfast city council was wrong to restrict the flying of the Union flag at Belfast city hall.

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