Tuesday 27 September 2016

Just 36pc of people in Republic want to see united Ireland in near future

Published 05/11/2015 | 00:00

JUST over a third of people in the Republic want to see a united Ireland in the near future, a new survey has revealed.

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A cross-border survey, carried out by Behaviours & Attitudes, showe that 36pc of people in the Republic wanted to see a united Ireland in the short-medium term future.

However support rose to 66pc when respondents were asked if they would like to see it happen within their lifetime.

The cross-border survey was carried out between October 2nd and 16th for a joint RTE and BBC NI production.

Perhaps even more surprising, just 27pc of those from a Catholic background in the North favour a united Ireland in the short-medium term.

This support rose to 57pc when respondents were asked if they would like to see it within their lifetime.

29pc answered ‘Don’t Know’ – meaning 14pc of those from  a Catholic background surveyed favoured remaining in the United Kingdom.

When results of both communities in the north were compiled, support was at 30pc.

The survey also looked at social attitudes, and found results broadly similar on both sides of the border.

Just 22pc in the Republic and 23pc in the North favour unlimited access to abortion.

67pc of those in the Republic would be comfortable with a family member marrying someone of the same sex, while 64pc in the North would be comfortable.

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