Given the reputation of Irish exit polling, the results below may well be the cause of good cheer for the pro-choice or Yes campaign come the actual counting of votes in the morning. From RTÉ:
An RTÉ exit poll on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment has projected a Yes vote of 69.4% with a No vote of 30.6%.
The sample size was 3,800 with a margin of error of +/- 1.6%.
The exit poll was conducted by RTÉ in conjunction with a number of Irish universities and was carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes.
From the Irish Times:
Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI.
The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning victory for the Yes side…
However, we must remember that repealing the Eight Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann is just the first step in a still difficult journey. The next challenge will focus on the substance of the proposed abortion legislation itself, with the parties in the Oireachtas far from united on the subject. That said, with a democratic mandate like this, the gainsayers will be on the backfoot for quite some time.