Survey evidence shows unionists and nationalists supporting power sharing at home and waiting on developments outside

Just under 60% of Catholics in Northern Ireland now categorise themselves as nationalist compared with 50% two years ago. 67% of Protestants now classified themselves as unionist compared with 55% in 2018. After the past year of political trauma the big surprise in the NI Life and Times Survey for 2019 is not that there has been a hardening of political allegiances but that this has failed to polarise opinion for their finally incompatible causes. The remarkable fact is that …

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50% of people in Northern Ireland now describe themselves as neither unionist or nationalist…

It seems ‘Generation Neither’ keeps growing. For years many commentators considered the middle ground a liberal myth. But the recent election success of Alliance and the Green Party has shown that more people in Northern Ireland are abandoning their traditional tribal allegiances. The latest research comes from the 2018 NI Life and Times Survey. It is clear that the middle ground is going to decide the fate of NI in terms of if we stay in the UK or unify …

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