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The Daily Poll

Poll: Should the Presidential term of office be shortened to five years?

The matter is being considered by the Constitutional Convention today but what do you think?

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION is holding its first full meeting today to consider the possibility of reducing the Presidential term of office from seven to five years.

It is just one of a number of constitutional reforms that the gathering of 66 members of the public and 33 politicians is considering along with the lowering of the voting age, abolishing the Seanad and other measures. Members will vote on issues and their outcome could eventually lead to a referendum of the Irish people on each issue.

While some argue that the Presidency needs little change given it’s relatively uncontroversial position in Irish society others argue that seven years, or 14 if a President serves two terms, is too long for one person to hold elected office.

But what do you think: Should the Presidential term of office be shortened to five years?

Poll Results:

No (1738)
Yes (1014)
Don't know (773)

Read: Convention to discuss lowering vote age and Presidential term

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