A poll on Irish attitudes to the EU has revealed widespread uncertainty about the EU Constitution, with only one in three saying they would vote in a referendum on the issue. 

The new European Commission research found that while more than three-quarters of Irish people have heard about the European Constitution, very few know what is in it.

It also found that most people in Ireland believe the country has benefited from membership of the EU.

The research, which was conducted across the EU during May and June by EU officials, looks at attitudes to the new EU Constitution.

The constitution has yet to be posed in a referendum in Ireland after being rejected by the French and Dutch.

The good news for those advocating a Yes vote is that awareness about the constitution has risen substantially over the past year.

Just over a third say they are in favour of the constitution with 13% saying they are against it.

However, half of Irish people say they have no opinion about the constitution and two-thirds say that while they have heard about the document, they have no idea what is in it.

The European Commission says it is working to inform its citizens.

Overall attitudes to the European Union are favourable, with nine out of ten people believing Ireland has benefited from its EU membership.

Irish people would like the EU to prioritise combating poverty and social exclusion, tackling organised crime and drug trafficking and protecting the environment, the research shows.