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Polls: Irish President headed for landslide re-election

By Sheetal Sukhija, Dublin News
18 Sep 2018, 00:01 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - With the Irish Presidential elections nearing, a recent opinion poll has revealed that the country's current president, Michael D Higgins is headed for an easy, landslide re-election.

The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll showed that some 67 percent of the respondents said that they would prefer Higgins over the others contesting for the position.

The pollsters pointed out that the 77-year-old incumbent, Higgins, received the highest support among 18-34-year-olds in the poll.

Amongst the particular age group, the current Irish president won 72 percent support.

Higgins was also seen to have received 65 percent support from the 35-54 age group and 65 percent from those aged above 55.

Meanwhile, compared to Higgins' overall massive 67 percent support on the poll, his closest opponent was said to be Sean Gallagher, who scored 15 percent on the poll.

The other competitor, Gavin Duffy was seen to have scored only 6 percent of support from the respondents, while Senator Joan Freeman received half of that - 3 percent support.

The poll showed that 7 percent voters said their first preference would be the yet-to-be-announced Sinn Fein candidate.

Journalist Gemma ODoherty and businessman Peter Casey meanwhile received just 1 percent of support in the poll.

The pollsters pointed out that Higgins won the broadest pool of potential support - with 70 percent respondents saying they would definetly consider voting for him in the country's presidential elections scheduled to be held next month.

The poll was conducted over a week-long period starting September 6.

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