In February 2016, Amnesty International contracted Red C Research and Marketing to conduct detailed, independent polling into attitudes to abortion in Ireland.
Abortion in Ireland is no longer a divisive issue. 87% of people favour expanded access to abortion and 80% would vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Across all ages, regions and demographic groups, there is overwhelming support for change. With rare exceptions, gender does not play a significant role in people’s opinion.
Successive polls have demonstrated that on the issue of abortion, people in Ireland are way ahead of their political leaders and the prevailing media discourse. It is time to move beyond the myth of a divided society and legislate to respect the rights of women and girls.