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90 per cent of 18-35 year olds favour yes in Marriage Equality ref

NewsBy Sean Nolan
A poster calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum
A poster calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum

A new survey of voters aged 18-35 has revealed huge support for a Yes vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum but doubts are raised about how many will actually visit the ballot box.

The survey, conducted by The Youth Lab, an arm of Thinkhouse, spoke to 1,000 people aged 18-35 across the island of Ireland. 

The results confirm that support for a Yes vote in that age group for the Marriage Equality referendum is enormous, with 90 per cent saying they are in favour of the constitutional amendment.

And just a tiny percentage (six per cent) agreed with this statement “Marriage Equality Referendum has an impact on existing marriage between a man and a woman".

However, just 55 per cent of those who declared themselves as Yes supporters are actually planning to vote. Just over half (53 per cent) said they voted in the last General Election.

And one in five of those polled had no idea that the Referendum on the Presidential Age of Eligibility was also taking place on May 22.

When it came to getting information, social media (77 per cent) was the favoured source and 64 per cent felt there was enough information out there for voters.

Over 80 per cent of those polled were registered voters and 42 per cent said they were 'undecided' as to which political party they supported with 21 per cent favouring 'an independent'.

Jane McDaid, Founder of Thinkhouse, commented on the  findings: “This referendum is very much about young people. It’s about shaping and building an Ireland for the future. We expected passionate views on the subject of marriage equality and our survey shows how strongly 18-35year olds lean towards a YES vote.

"Despite that, there’s a lack of intent to take to the polls. As the campaign heightens, I’d expect 18-35 year olds to become more motivated to ensure their vote is counted on May 22nd.  Hopefully it’s just a case of leaving it to the last minute..”