Large majority of voters favour a united Ireland, poll finds

Strong opposition remains for any change to the national flag or anthem

The latest poll results suggest that support for Irish unity is broad – 62 per cent say they would vote in favour. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The latest poll results suggest that support for Irish unity is broad – 62 per cent say they would vote in favour. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A large majority of voters favour a united Ireland in the long term, but are opposed to a new national flag, a new national anthem, paying higher taxes or curtailing public spending to facilitate it, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has found.

Voters also say a united Ireland should be a long-term project, with only 15 per cent saying they want to see a referendum now and just 20 per cent describing it as “very important” and a “priority” for them. By contrast, 52 per cent of people say it is “not very important” to them, but they “would like to see it someday”.

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