More than half of the people who voted in the European elections last May will be back in the EU, according to a poll published on Sunday.
The figures from the Ipsos MORI poll also show that a majority of people in Ireland, including most of those who voted for the republic, think the country needs a “change of government”.
The poll found that 52% of Irish voters said the country needed to “renegotiate with the EU” in order to stay in the bloc, while 47% felt the opposite.
This is a significant shift from the previous opinion poll, which put the support for a “hard Brexit” at 40%.
The new poll, conducted by MORI Research, was conducted between January 10 and February 14.
It surveyed more than 2,000 people across the country and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9%.
It comes as the government is attempting to secure a Brexit deal with the bloc that would include a hard border on Ireland and a cap on immigration, and is attempting, after the shock election result, to hold a referendum on the issue.
The Irish government is due to announce the outcome of the referendum on Tuesday.