Saturday 21 July 2018

Nothing is certain as referendum decision day draws nearer

This latest poll on attitudes to the Eighth Amendment shows everything is still to play for, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Options: Referendum posters
Options: Referendum posters

Eilis O'Hanlon

With a little over three weeks to go until the referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, every poll takes on that much more significance. If this latest snapshot of opinion doesn't set nerves jangling among pro-repeal campaigners, it certainly ought to.

On the surface of it, that might seem a curious conclusion to take from the figures.

There is a clear lead for the Yes side, with 57pc planning to vote in favour of repeal, thereby giving the Dail the right to legislate for abortion on demand up to the 12th week of pregnancy, and with doctors' consent after that, and 43pc preparing to vote against; but the devil, as always, is in the detail.

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