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1 Same Sex Marriage Opinion Poll 20 th February 2014

2 Methodology and Weighting RED C interviewed a random sample of 1,007 adults aged 18+ by telephone between the 17 th 19 th February A random digit dial (RDD) method is used to ensure a random selection process of households to be included this also ensures that ex-directory households are covered. Half of the sample are interviewed using an RDD landline sample, with the other half conducted using an RDD mobile phone sample, this ensures 98% coverage of the population reaching landline only households, mobile only households and those with both a landline and a mobile. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results weighted to the profile of all adults. A further past vote weighting is included that takes the current recall for how people voted at the last election, compares this to the actual results, and weights the data to halfway between the two. Vote intention results are based on those who will actually go and vote, using a 10 point scale, where 1 is not at all likely and 10 is very likely, those rating 4 to 10 are included as being those who will actually go and vote. Finally, some people tell RED C that they intend to vote, and have a good past voting record, but say they don t know who they would vote for or refuse to answer the question. Whenever such people say which party they voted for in the last two elections (2011 and 2007), RED C ascribe 25% to the party they voted for previously at each election. We have seen from analysis of past elections that this is the most likely outcome and this reallocation tries to overcome the effect of the spiral of silence where voters are do not want to admit who they will vote for. In all respects the poll was completed to the opinion polling guidelines set out by both ESOMAR and AIMRO.

3 Same Sex Marriage

4 Summary of Main Findings At a topline level it appears that the same sex marriage referendum should pass relatively easily. When asked 76% of voters suggest they will vote in favour of the recognition of same sex marriage by the state. While currently just 19% suggest they will oppose the referendum and 5% are undecided. However, we have seen in the past, for example at the Childrens referendum and the Seanad referendum, that early indications of how people will vote at referendum are somewhat unreliable. In fact analysis of previous referendum suggests that voters views some way out from the vote itself, can easily be changed by arguments made during the course of a referendum campaign. This is partly because people do not engage properly with the topic until the vote in imminent, and because it is far easier to attack a change to the status quo and sow seeds of doubt about the wisdom of change, than it is to defend the benefits of change. Further evidence from this survey suggests the Yes vote at this stage is relatively weak, with half of those who currently say they are likely to support the same sex marriage in the referendum, still having some reservations about the result. At the same time 40% of those claiming to vote yes, also state they have some reservations about adoption by gay couples, despite not actually having anything to do with the referendum, this is still likely to be used by the No camp to cast concerns. Those with doubts already are of course open to being persuaded to change their mind, and if all were to do so this suggests that in fact the yes camp can only relay on less than half of all voters to support them at this stage. This poll suggest therefore that the Same Sex referendum is certainly not the forgone conclusion that topline vote questions suggest.

5 Vote Intention for Same Sex Marriage Referendum It is likely that a referendum will be held next year to change the constitution to allow for same sex marriage to be recognised by the state. If this referendum was to be held tomorrow would you vote Yes in favour of supporting Same Sex Marriage rights in the constitution or No against recognising Same Sex marriage? Same Sex Marriage Vote Intention % Same Sex Marriage Vote Intention (excl. Don t Knows) % Nov 13* Feb 14 Nov 13* Feb 14 YES in favour of supporting Same Sex marriage rights NO against Same Sex marriage rights Don t know *Nov 13 Poll conducted for Paddy Power

6 Who is more likely to support the Same Sex Referendum? Gender Age % % 76% % 81% 68% 83% % 53% Social Class Party Support Region Higher Social Grades: 78% 74% Lower Social Grades: 75% 85% 71% 85% Conn/ Ulster 65% Munster 78% Rest of Leinster 78% Dublin 79%

7 Attitude to Same Sex Marriage % Disagree % Agree I believe in equal rights for gay people but I have some reservations about same sex marriage 51% 49% I have some reservations about adoption by gay couples People in same sex relationships should be able to have the same rights as traditional families People who oppose same sex marriage rights are homophobic 59% 20% 59% 80%

8 I believe in equal rights for gay people, but I have some reservations about same sex marriage 49% Agree Higher Social Grades: 42% Gender 52% 46% 51% Age Social Class Party Support Region % 46% 53% 57% 60% Lower Social Grades: 52% 37% 62% 46% Conn/ Ulster 56% Munster 48% Rest of Leinster 45% Dublin 48%

9 I have some reservations about adoption by gay couples Gender Age % Agree 40% % 49% 42% 46% 39% Social Class Party Support Region Higher Social Grades: 38% 46% Lower Social Grades: 33% 49% Conn/ Ulster 43% Munster 39% Rest of Leinster Dublin 40%

10 People in same sex relationships should be able to have the same rights as traditional families 20% Disagree Higher Social Grades: 18% Gender 26% 14% 23% Age Social Class Party Support Region 65+ 8% 14% 17% 16% 25% 38% Lower Social Grades: 20% 10% 19% 17% Conn/ Ulster 24% Munster 21% Rest of Leinster 17% Dublin 18%

11 People who oppose same sex marriage rights are homophobic Gender Age % Agree 38% 43% % 47% 39% 32% 19% Social Class Party Support Region Higher Social Grades: 39% 31% Lower Social Grades: 42% 46% 43% 49% Conn/ Ulster 36% Munster Rest of Leinster 40% Dublin 44%

12 Attitudes to Same Sex Rights X Voting Intention 42% 42% of those who support same sex marriage, still admit to having some reservations about marriage 39% 39% of those who support same sex marriage, still express some reservations about adoption among same sex couples 38% 38% of those who voted against same sex marriage, still believe that they should have the same rights as traditional families 12% 12% of those who voted against same sex marriage, agree that people opposing this are homophobic

13 POSSIBLE WAVERERS SECURE VOTERS How secure is the Yes vote? Same Sex Marriage Vote Intention % I believe in equal rights for gay people but I have some reservations about same sex marriage % I have some reservations about adoption by gay couples % YES in favour of supporting Same Sex marriage rights 76 NO Reservations Some Reservations NO Reservations Some Reservations NO against Same Sex marriage rights Don t know Secure Yes 4 vote is less than half of all 4voters

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