Should the unity question be asked at every election?

I am with Chris in being sceptical about the latest polling on the unity question.

We can argue about the merits of the survey and its methodology. But fundamentally the only poll that matters is the electorate.

Instead of trying to guess people’s views on unity, why not just ask them?

For all future elections we could have a question at the bottom of the ballot, ‘Do you want Irish unity?’ and a simple yes/no answer. You could make it a condition that we only run the actual border poll once this figure reaches 50% or higher.

If Unionists are so confident of keeping Northern Ireland in the Union, why would they fear asking the people what they think?