Support for same-sex marriage rises in Ireland

A new poll carried out by The Irish Times suggests that support for same-sex marriage has risen significantly in Ireland over the last 18 months.

It would seem that the debate has intensified following a planned referendum by the government on same-sex marriage next year.

The new poll found that 67% said yes to support of same-sex marriage while 21% said no and 12% remained undecided.

These findings can be compared to a poll completed back in November that found 53% said yes to support of same-sex marriage, 30% said no and 17% remained undecided.

The poll also found that people of a younger generation are generally more in support of same-sex marriage, 80% of 18-24 year-olds asked said yes in support while only 44% of 65 year-olds and older said yes.

Women are also found to be more in favour of same-sex marriage with 73% saying yes in support in comparison to 61% of men.