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Exit poll shows support for Irish unity referendum, especially among 18-24 age group

The highest level of support came from the youngest cohort of voters.

YESTERDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION exit poll gives an indication of how voters feel about a border poll – with over half of those asked saying they support one.

Yesterday, Ipsos MRBI interviewed 5,376 people at 259 count centres across Ireland immediately after they voted, for a poll commissioned by RTÉ, the Irish Times TG4 and UCD.

As part of the poll, a base of 1,000 people were asked the following question:

Do you think there should be referendums north and south in the next five years on Irish unity, or not?

A total of 57% said yes; 40% said no; 3% had no response.

The youngest age group polled showed the most support for a border poll:

  • 18 – 24: 75% said yes 
  • 25 – 34: 60% said yes
  • 35 – 49: 62% said yes
  • 50 – 64: 54% said yes
  • 65+: 47% said yes

Broken down by party support, Sinn Féin supporters (those who gave first preference to the party) showed 81% support for a border poll, followed by Solidarity-PBP and Aontú supporters on 80%. A total of 52% of Fianna Fáil voters were in favour, and 44% of Fine Gael voters.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said he’d like to see a United Ireland in his lifetime, while a recent poll from Amárach/Claire Byrne Live suggested that 51% of people in the Republic of Ireland wanted to see a unity referendum in the next five years.

You can stay up to date with all the latest news about the general election results in our liveblog.

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