It was a big day for the Irish Republic’s EU referendum campaign as an Ipsos poll on Thursday found that 56 per cent of respondents backed remaining in the European Union, with the remaining 27 per cent saying they would not vote in the referendum.
The poll, which was conducted between Monday and Wednesday, found that only 37 per cent would vote to leave the EU, while 57 per cent said they would vote for a Leave vote.
The same poll found that while 59 per cent supported Remain, 38 per cent were undecided and just 8 per cent had made up their minds.
However, when asked if they would like to see the country remain in EU, the majority (59 per cent) said yes, while 36 per cent opposed the idea.
However only 34 per cent responded that they would prefer a UK-EU trade deal.
Overall, support for the EU was strongest among people aged between 18 and 24 (57 per cent), followed by people aged 65 and over (51 per cent).
Support for remaining in Europe was strongest amongst women (60 per cent, up from 53 per cent in the last poll) and the elderly (57 cent, down from 57 per% in the previous poll).
However, support was lowest for those aged under 25 (16 per cent to 27 per per cent support).
The poll was conducted on behalf of the Irish Times by ORB/Ipsos Mori.