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.