Poll shows yes side slightly ahead in Irish Lisbon Treaty vote
( dpa ) - The yes side is slightly ahead as Ireland prepares to vote on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty next Thursday, an opinion poll carried by a Sunday newspaper showed.
Support for the treaty aimed at simplifying decision-making in the 27-member bloc is at 42 per cent, up one point in the last fortnight, the Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post showed. The no vote stands at 39 per cent, up 6 points.
A survey by a different polling company published on Friday showed the no camp ahead for the first time, leading the yes vote by 5 per cent.
Ireland is the only one of 27 EU member states to hold a public referendum on the treaty. An Irish no would mean the treaty, a replacement for the failed EU constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters, could not go into effect.
The official results of the Irish referendum are expected to be announced on Friday afternoon.