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08th Jun 2018

Two in five Northern Irish people would welcome united Ireland, new survey finds

Michael Lanigan

Arlene Foster

A lot of people identify as Irish.

Two in five people from Northern Ireland would welcome a united Ireland, a new survey has revealed.

What’s more, the majority of people would identify themselves as Irish, Northern Irish or European before they would British.

The results come from a new BBC/Lucid Talk poll, which saw 1,336 people surveyed online or by telephone during May.

While 42.1% of respondents said that they would vote to join the Republic of Ireland if there was a referendum border, a further 45% said that they would rather remain in the United Kingdom.

12.7% however said that they were undecided as to which way they would vote.

On the question of identity, in which respondents could give multiple answers, 58.6% said that they were Irish, while 57.9% referred to themselves as Northern Irish and 56.7% answered European.

Only 46.7% said that they would identify as British.

In total, the survey found that more than eight out of 10 Protestants identified as either British or Northern Irish, while over nine out of 10 Catholics said they were Irish.

Eight out of 10 Catholics however, described themselves as European.

When asked how respondents would like to see Northern Ireland governed, 42.1% said they would choose a devolved Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont.

25.9% said they would like to see Joint Authority between London and Dublin, while 15.1% said they would want it governed by Direct Rule Ministers from Westminster.

On whether Brexit had changed their minds of the constitutional position of Northern Ireland, 40.6% said that they would continue to support the North remaining in the UK, despite the EU Referendum.

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