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Thursday 23 January, 2020
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Poll: Are you happy the General Election is being held on a Saturday?

Next month’s election will be the first Saturday election since 1918.

Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie

WE (FINALLY) HAVE a date for this year’s General Election – it’s taking place on Saturday, 8 February. 

Usually, elections take place on a Friday, but this will be the first Saturday election since 1918, one of the key elections in Irish history. 

There is a more recent precedent for referendums to be held on Saturdays. The Nice referendum in 2002 was held on a Saturday, as was the Children’s Referendum in 2012. 

However, traditionally polling day in Ireland has been on a weekday. 

TheJournal.ie understands that the Saturday date was selected so that families don’t need to take time off work to look after children if schools – often used as polling stations – are closed. 

So, today we want to know: Are you happy the General Election is being held on a Saturday?


Poll Results:

Yes (10258)
No (2304)
I'm not sure / no opinion (1637)



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