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New poll predicts 'Yes' vote success in Ireland's marriage equality referendum

2015-05-16
With Ireland's marriage equality referedum now less than a week away, a new poll has suggested that a majority of voters will vote in favour. 1,200 voters were surveyed for the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, with 58% stating that they would vote 'Yes'. Ireland However, this figure is down six points on a poll from March, while there was a 2 point increase in those voting 'No'. The figures also show a five point increase in undecided voters, with 17% still unsure of how they will vote, or if they will vote at all. Grainne Healy, co-director of the Yes Equality Campaign said that the figures reflected the "strong support for Marriage Equality" across the country. "Our active nationwide campaign has been predicated upon some narrowing of the margin in favour of YES as polling day approached. We note that today’s poll confirms that this has occurred," she said. "The result of this referendum will be determined by turnout on Friday next. We remain focused on the final stage of our campaign and on executing our plans for what will be the most extensive Get out the Vote operation ever put in place for an Irish referendum." However, Healy added that the 'Yes' campaign is taking "nothing for granted", with campaigners continuing their work throughout the coming week. She said: "This referendum will only be passed if those in favour of marriage equality cast their ballot. We will work tirelessly in pursuit of every vote and in mobilising those who support marriage equality to the polls." More stories: Daniel O'Donnell: 'I'm voting 'Yes' in marriage referendum' Irish footballer: 'I'm voting 'No', but don't call me homophobic'