Irish support for Lisbon Treaty at 55 percent - poll

DUBLIN Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:37pm BST

A member of the European parliament, Ivo Strejcek (C), makes a speech as demonstrators hold banners during a protest rally ''Freedom for Ireland'' to support Ireland's and the Czech Republic's state sovereignty in front of the Irish Embassy in Prague September 24, 2009. REUTERS/David W Cerny

A member of the European parliament, Ivo Strejcek (C), makes a speech as demonstrators hold banners during a protest rally ''Freedom for Ireland'' to support Ireland's and the Czech Republic's state sovereignty in front of the Irish Embassy in Prague September 24, 2009.

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish supporters of the European Union's reform treaty outnumber opponents by more than two to one, according to an opinion poll to be published Sunday, days before a second referendum on the issue.

The Red C/Sunday Business Post poll showed 55 percent of voters backed the Lisbon Treaty, a fall of seven points from the last poll two weeks ago but some distance ahead of the 'No' side, which increased by four points to 27 percent.

The proportion of undecided voters in the October 2 plebiscite rose by three points to 18 percent, but this was a significantly lower level than before the previous ballot last year which rejected the treaty, forcing the EU to shelve plans to reform its decision-making process.

The poll was conducted among more than 1,000 voters on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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