The diaspora speaks: Irish referendum exit polls mirror The Irish Post's online polling
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The diaspora speaks: Irish referendum exit polls mirror The Irish Post's online polling

EXIT polls in Ireland released after voting closed on Friday predicted a 68-32 victory for repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution - a prediction that mirrors the polling that The Irish Post has been conducting all week.

In our first poll on Tuesday more than 2,800 Twitter and Facebook users put their cross alongside their voting preference in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution - or, indeed how they would vote if they were eligible on Friday.

In our first poll the result was 65-35 in favour of "Yes!".

The Irish Post's second Facebook poll attracted more than 3,200 Facebook users registered their vote as the "once in a generation" poll creeps ever closer.

In the second poll we asked you the question: "If you were to vote in the Irish Referendum right now, how would you vote?"

With the choice being either "Yes! Repeal the Eighth!" or "No! Don't Repeal" we again tested the pulse of the Irish and we got a very accurate indicator.

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The second poll, which closed on Wednesday, saw the vote narrow to 55-45.

And in our final vote (below) which closed just before the polling stations opened, the Yes vote had strengthened again to 60-40.

If the exit poll is accurate - we can safely say that the Irish community outside of Ireland is a true reflection of those allowed to vote in this vital referendum.

Which makes us wonder whether it is time to look at the eligibility rules for any future referendums.