Poll Puts Number of Irish LGBs At 4 Percent


An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Family Values poll claims that one in 25 – or 4 percent – of respondents describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.


However, the exact figure of Irish LGBs remains unknown, with 10 percent of the poll’s respondents choosing not to answer the question. The margin of error on the 4 percent statistic was 1.3 percent.

The Irish Times does not mention how many respondents took part.

The poll reports a higher instance of LGB In a 2013 poll conducted by the UK’s Office for National Statistics, 93.5 percent identified as heterosexual with just 1.1 percent identifying as gay or lesbian, with 0.4 percent saying they were bisexual.

The Irish Times reports that the 10 percent of respondents who chose not to answer questions about sexual orientation were more likely to be older, with younger people being more likely to identify themselves as gay or bisexual.

Due to the difficulty of ascertaining accurate and honest information from poll respondents, a figure of 6 percent is generally accepted as being closer to the likely amount of LGB citizens.

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