A large majority of Irish people
support gay marriage, a new poll released Thursday has found.
Results of the Red C poll are based on
1002 telephone interviews.
A large majority (76%) of respondents
said that they support marriage equality. Young adults under 24 were
most likely to support it (90%), while only 55 percent of those over
65 said that they favored such unions.
Women were more likely than men to
support it, 81 to 72 percent.
The poll “is further evidence of the
deep repository of goodwill amongst voters in Ireland towards full
equality for same sex couples,” said
Mark Kelly, director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
The survey is good news for supporters
of a referendum on the issue scheduled to take place in May.
However, some worry complacency and low
voter turnout could work against passage.