Tuesday 23 October 2018

It's going to be close - but there is no gender war on abortion

The numbers in support of allowing abortion in a range of circumstances are tightening, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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Eilis O'Hanlon

Polls are not merely a snapshot of where the country stands in advance of the referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.

Inevitably, they become part of the campaign itself, shaping where the argument goes next. Not everyone sees billboard ads, or reads newspapers, or diligently watches late-night debates on TV; but almost everyone will catch the headline figures in a poll, making the arrival of each new one a significant milestone in the campaign.

That may prove particularly true in the case of the latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown poll.

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