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Poll shows that, given the chance, Ireland would reelect Barack Obama

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll showed that 79 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed said that they would vote for Obama.

Barack Obama in College Green in Dublin last year.
Barack Obama in College Green in Dublin last year.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

WERE IRISH VOTERS to have a say in next month’s US presidential election, they would overwhelmingly vote to reelect incumbent president, Barack Obama.

According to an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, 79 per cent of those who responded said that they would vote for Obama.

With 16 per cent of people having no opinion, only five per cent said that they would vote for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney.

The results of the two-day survey comes ahead of the final presidential debate, which is set to take place in the early hours of tomorrow morning in Ireland, at 2am.

When the 1,000 people who were surveyed were broken down by Irish political party, supporters of Fine Gael were 81 per cent in favour of seeing Obama reelected, despite offering twice as much support for Romney than those who aligned themselves with other Irish parties.

Just three per cent of Labour party voters said that they would give Romney their vote.

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While support for Obama was unanimous across all party-political lines, there existed a slight shift towards Romney in the over-65s and also by those who are better off financially.

The US presidential election is due to take place on 6 November.

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