RedC Poll for Youth Council shows 74% support Children’s Referendum but concern at levels of understanding of amendment
A RedC Poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) shows almost three-quarters of the electorate support the proposal to amend the constitution to enhance the rights of children, with three weeks to go to polling day.
74% are in favour of the Children’s Referendum amendment
4% are opposed to the Children’s Referendum amendment
22% don’t know
Support for the referendum is highest among Munster voters, those over 55 and those with dependent children under 16 at home
“As an organisation that has supported and campaigned for a children’s rights amendment for many years we welcome the strong support indicated in this poll. However, with three weeks to go and almost a fifth of voters undecided there is no room for complacency as we have seen big changes in public support for constitutional amendments before,” stated James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director.
The poll shows much more need to be done to inform and engage with the electorate, with 61% of voters saying they are ‘not very knowledgeable’ or ‘not at all knowledgeable’ about the proposed amendment to the constitution, with only 33% saying they are ‘quite’ or ‘extremely’ knowledgeable about the proposal. Support for the amendment increases to 89% for those who are most knowledgeable.
14% say they are extremely knowledgeable about the Children’s Referendum
19% say they are quite knowledgeable
39% say they are not very knowledgeable
22% say they are not at all knowledgeable
“We are concerned at the levels of voter knowledge, with only a third of voters indicating they understand what is being proposed. However, there are still three weeks to go and this gives NYCI and all those working to achieve a positive result time to inform and engage with the electorate about how this amendment will make a real difference in the lives of children and young people in Ireland,” concluded Mr Doorley.
As part of its campaign to increase voter turn-out, especially among younger voters the NYCI launched a web app earlier this week with information on registering to vote, reasons to vote Yes and reminders about the referendum date. The app is available to download on www.nyci.ie
NYCI is part of Yes for Children, a national campaign led by Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance, the ISPCC and Campaign for Children.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
Poll was carried out for NYCI by Red C. 1003 interviews were conducted between the 15th – 17th October among all adults, with 931 Irish Citizens – providing a sample error of + or – 3%.
National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie
NYCI Yes position
As a non-governmental and non political organisation NYCI does not normally take a position in elections/referendums. However NYCI has campaigned for a Children’s Rights amendment for many years and the NYCI board referred the matter to a vote of member organisations in accordance with NYCI Articles of Association. NYCI members advocated taking a Yes position by an overwhelming majority.