Almost 90 percent of Irish voters feel the government should prioritize climate change more, while 87 percent favor divorce reform, exit polls of Friday’s election show.
The poll shows that a majority have voted for the divorce referendum, which would ease the requirements for requesting a divorce, including the length of time a married couple would need to be separated before getting divorced, TheJournal.ie reports.
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According to the RTE/TG4 Red C exit poll of 3,000 voters, there is also significant support for a united Ireland, with 65 percent of voters saying they would vote in favor a United Ireland if a referendum was held tomorrow, RTÉ reports.
Of those polled, 19 percent would vote against the proposal for a united Ireland, while 15 percent said they did not know or refused to answer the question.
The exit poll also indicates that Greens will be the big winners in both the local and European elections, with the party set to win three MEP seats.
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The Greens are expected to top the poll in Dublin with Ciaran Cuffe scooping more that 20 percent of all votes, the Irish Mirror reports. Green candidate Saoirse McHugh, in Midlands North West, is also on course with 13 percent of the vote, and veteran environmentalist and senator Grace O’Sullivan has 12 percent in Ireland South.
According to the Irish Times, Fine Gael is predicted to win one seat in Dublin with Frances Fitzgerald (14 percent), and one in Midlands North West with Mairéad McGuinness. Maria Walsh may win a second seat, and the party will win one in Ireland South with Seán Kelly. However, Deirdre Clune’s second seat is under threat.
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Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan’s will lose her seat in Dublin, while Labour’s candidate Alex White is also predicted to lose. Fianna Fáil faces a struggle to win a seat in Dublin with Barry Andrews or in Midlands Northe West.
In local elections, 9 percent of respondents said they voted for Green candidates. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are tied at 23 percent each in the poll with Sinn Féin well behind at 12 percent. Labour came in at 6 percent.