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Abortion referendum Ireland: New poll reveals 'Yes' side hold majority vote - but lead is slipping

Yes campaigners promised to redouble their efforts to repeal the Eighth Amendment after the latest poll showed its lead is slipping.

An MRBI survey on Thursday found 44% now say they will vote to remove the constitutional protection for the unborn â€" down three points since last month.

The No vote is at 32%, up four, while 17% remain undecided with polling day just a week away.

Another 7% said they will not vote or refused to reveal how.

Together For Yes campaign co-director Orla O’Connor said: “In the remaining days, we intend to redouble our efforts to show people if they want to provide care and support for women in the most difficult circumstances they need to vote Yes.”

Members of the Yes during the launch of the official Together For Yes poster campaign Upper Mount Street, Dublin in April 2018

Pollsters believe the margin will narrow as May 25 approaches.

Once the undecideds and those who will not vote are left out, the Yes side leads by 58% to 42%.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger, a member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment, said: “The suggestion that, once legal, women will flock to have abortions implies women can’t be trusted. We hear all the same guff from the No side that they said 35 years ago about supporting women to continue pregnancies. It’s never happened.Lone parents are the biggest single group in poverty in Ireland.

“Two-thirds of Irish women using the abortion pills are mothers already.”

Ruth Coppinger speaks during a protest in Dublin in support of the woman at the centre of a rape trial after two Ireland rugby players were acquitted

Dublin is the most pro-repeal part of the country, with the Yes side leading in the capital by 68% to 32%.

The Yes lead is smaller in the rest of Leinster and Munster, while the two sides are almost tied in Connacht-Ulster. Younger voters are much more likely to be on the Yes side, while many voters over 50 favour retaining the Eighth.

Women, urban voters and those from wealthier backgrounds are more in favour of repeal, while farmers and those from the poorest households have small No majorities.

Among those who have yet to decide, more are leaning towards Yes (31%) than No (24%), though most are not leaning in either direction.

The poll was conducted in face-to-face interviews among a sample of 1,200 eligible voters.

Pro-life group Love Both was contacted for a statement yesterday but failed to respond.

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