Attitudes to 1998

Browsing through the NI Life and Times Survey offers many anoraks, like myself, many hours of entertainment. I recently came across this survey in reply to the question: Looking back now at the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, do you think it was a good thing for Northern Ireland, a bad thing or did it not make much difference?

Sixty-four percent of those who responded said that it was a good thing whilst seven percent regarded it as a bad thing. Twenty-five percent however said it did not make any difference.

Results according to religion put seventy-three percent of Roman Catholic’s saying it was a good thing compared to fifty-eight percent of Protestants. Eleven percent of Protestants surveyed said it was a bad thing, compared with two percent of Roman Catholics. Twenty-one percent of Roman Catholics said that it did not make any difference, compared with twenty-eight percent of Protestants. Whilst this survey shows a division of opinion, more so amongst Protestants, as demonstrated in 1998 referendum, people seem to be more at ease with the current political climate than they were ten years ago.

  • Michael Shilliday

    “people seem to be more at ease with the current political climate than they were ten years ago. ”

    Sorry Andrew, that’s utter nonsense. The survey shows the same level of support for the Belfast Agreement in 2007 as there was in 1998, roughly speaking. So all that question demonstrates is the DUPs failure to move Northern Ireland away from the Belfast Agreement.

  • unionistsnitemare

    Sorry to interupt the debate but currently starting a group for republicans who will go onto websites such as these, write into newspapers (i.e. like a propaganda/pressure group) and fight the nationalist cause. It’s aim is to spread propoganda for the republican cause by various means (i.e. websites/blogs/putting up posters/ face to face conversations etc). Already have 33 members.

    A few of us are on this site right now lol!!!!!
    Consider setting up something like this yourself

  • Ri Na Deise

    Unionistswetdream

    is more fitting…

  • Tired of snide assholes

    What’s a Roman Catholic?

  • DC

    No Andrew people are more at ease with the notion of devolution and the institutions than with the actual political climate, which it has shown to be little more than luke warm to.

    In today’s climate I would say much of that is chilling to cold, unless you are a member of SF’s Ard chomhairle.

  • Sorry to interupt the debate but currently starting a group for republicans

    yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn 😮

  • Andrew

    DC

    Point taken.

  • “people are more at ease with the notion of devolution and the institutions than with the actual political climate, which it has shown to be little more than luke warm to”

    But that can’t be true Mr Robinson tell us confidence in the Unionist community has never been higher.

  • In the question “Which Northern Ireland political party do you feel closest to, even if you do not always vote for them?”

    Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 20
    Sinn Féin 14
    Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 18
    Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 20

    I think that is proof if any is needed that the DUP and SF poll well due to both the fear factor they exploit and the chance of getting’one over themmuns’ by voting for parties that the other community dislike.

  • Interestingly that figure has changed somewhat from the previous years results (during which the latest assembly elections took place).

    These were-
    UUP 14%
    SDLP 13%
    DUP 18%
    SF 11%

    The 2007 figures look like good news for the UUP and SDLP

  • Ri Na Deise

    ‘Whats a Ro(a)man Catholic’

    A Paddy backpacking?

    I know, that was crap.:-D