According to an Irish Times article a Millward Brown Poll carried out on behalf of the Pro-Life Campaign found that over two thirds of Irish people want to see the right to life of the unborn child protected in law.
The poll was based on a national random sample of 984 adults.
To the question: “Are you in favour or opposed to constitutional protection for the unborn that prohibits abortion but allows the continuation of the existing practice of intervention to save a mother's life, in accordance with Irish medical ethics?”
61% were in favour of constitutional protection for the unborn child, with 17% opposed. 22% didn't know or had no opinion.
When the “don’t knows” are excluded, 78% are in favour of legal protection for the unborn, while 22% are opposed.
The survey also asked the following question: “In a recent Supreme Court decision, the judges said that human embryos were not protected by the Constitution but deserved respect and that their protection was a matter for the Government. Do you think the Government should legislate or not to protect human embryos from deliberate destruction either by experimentation or by methods of assisted human reproduction that destroy embryos?
59% were in favour of Government legislation to protect the human embryo, 16% were opposed and 26% did not know or had no opinion.
When the “don’t knows” are excluded, 79% are in favour of legislation to protect the human embryo and 21% are opposed.