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Ireland51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds

13:17  11 september  2019
13:17  11 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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[6] Unionists support Northern Ireland remaining part of the United Kingdom, and therefore oppose Irish unification majority of the people of Northern Ireland vote to form part of a united Ireland . A border poll was held in Northern Ireland in 1973. The SDLP and Sinn Féin called for a boycott of In 1983, the Irish government led by Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald established the New Ireland Forum

Brexit has placed Irish unification firmly back on the agenda, but there are still plenty of dissenting In five to 10 years there’ll be a Catholic majority in Northern Ireland ,” said Peter Shirlow, director of Under the Good Friday agreement, the Northern Ireland secretary should call a border poll if he or

51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds © Brian O'Leary via RollingNews.ie

A NEW POLL has shown just over half of people in Northern Ireland would vote for Irish unification if there were a border poll tomorrow.

The poll, published by Lord Ashcroft, shows that 45% of those surveyed said they would vote to stay in the UK, while 46% said they would choose to leave and join the Republic of Ireland.

This breaks down to 51% to 49% for unification when don’t knows and those who say they would not vote are excluded.

“This is in fact a statistical tie, and well within the margin of error,” Lord Ashcroft said in his analysis of the results.

“Such a result might also reflect the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding Brexit, the Irish border and its potential effect on life in the province, which could recede when the outcome is settled,” he said.

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A growing number of people in Northern Ireland support their province joining the Republic of The BBC poll showed 42.1 percent in the British province would vote for Irish unification if there was a The survey also found that 28 percent of respondents who previously wanted Northern Ireland to

In a rare result, the poll puts those who want a united Ireland almost on par with those who want to An online survey conducted by Lucid Talk for the BBC found that 45% of people in Northern The result represents a much closer percentage than a Queens University poll which put the percentage

51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

“Be that as it may, the result underlines what could be at stake in the quest for a workable Brexit solution on the island of Ireland.”

Lord Ashcroft is a businessman and politician. Since the 2010 election, he has conducted independent public polls relating to British political opinions.

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The BBC poll showed 42.1 percent in the British province would vote for Irish unification if there A growing number of people in Northern Ireland support their province joining the Republic of The survey also found that 28 percent of respondents who previously wanted Northern Ireland to remain

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1,542 adults in Northern Ireland were interviewed online between 30 August and 2 September for his latest poll on Irish unification.

One in 20 self-declared Unionists said they would opt for unification and a further 6% said they didn’t know how they would vote.

Women (13%) were more likely than men (3%) to say they were not sure how they would vote.

The over-65 age group was the only one with a clear majority for remaining in the Union (62% to 38% when excluding don’t knows and those who wouldn’t vote).

51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds © Catalyst Images LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives on college green to speak with journalists ahead of a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, on October 15, 2018 in London, England. Theresa May made an urgent statement to the House of Commons this afternoon as Brexit negotiations have stalled over the real problem of the Northern Ireland Border. She will also meet with members of Sinn Fein who are in town to talk with both her and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pressing them both on their commitments to uphold the Good Friday Agreement. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Polls show differences in support for a united Ireland (depending on the number of Don’t Polls carried out since the referendum have detected two crucial changes in people ’s voting intentions The last Northern Ireland border referendum in 1973 produced a 57 per cent majority in favour of staying

Northern Ireland has the option of leaving the United Kingdom and joining the Republic by Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in 2016, attitudes about unification have been shifting. Polling in Northern Ireland indicates that support for remaining in the U.K. hinges on how Brexit is

A majority of those surveyed (59%) think that if there were a referendum tomorrow, Northern Ireland would chose to remain part of the UK.

However, when asked what the outcome would be in 10 years’ time, the results were reversed. Most believed (54%) that the vote would be in favour of unification, with just three in 10 people believing voters would choose to remain in the UK.

The results show that Unionists are considerably less confident about the chances of winning a vote in 10 years’ time. However, 87% of Unionists believe Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the UK if a border poll were held tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Nationalists are more confident. While just over half (53%) think Northern Ireland would vote for unification tomorrow, 93% believe this would be the case in 10 years’ time.

51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds © Catalyst Images Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (R) and deputy Nigel Dodds leave from 10 Downing Street in central London on September 10, 2019, where they met with Britain's Prime Minister. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Tuesday he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the EU, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising defeats by MPs over his Brexit plan. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

More than half of voters in Northern Ireland (51%) thinks that Brexit makes Irish unification in the foreseeable future much more likely to happen. Just 9% of people said Brexit makes it a much less likely outcome.

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A growing number of people in Northern Ireland support their province joining the Republic of The BBC poll showed 42.1 percent in the British province would vote for Irish unification if there was a The survey also found that 28 percent of respondents who previously wanted Northern Ireland to

A growing number of people in Northern Ireland support their province joining the Republic of The BBC poll showed 42.1 percent in the British province would vote for Irish unification if there was a The survey also found that 28 percent of respondents who previously wanted Northern Ireland to

A total of 51% of those surveyed in Northern Ireland said they would like to see the UK remain in the EU.

There have been a number of other polls conducted on the topic of Irish unification in recent months.

A Red C poll in May showed increase in the number of people who believe a united Ireland is more likely because of Brexit.

The survey, commissioned by pro-EU group European Movement (EM) Ireland, found that 50% of those polled said it was more likely – up 6% on the 44% of people polled in March 2018.

In a poll for Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research in January, 44% of Irish people said they felt a referendum on a united Ireland should be held.

51% of people in Northern Ireland support Irish unification, new poll finds © Catalyst Images COMMONDALE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Anti-European Union graffiti is daubed on the wall of a bus stop next to a remote stretch of road crossing the Yorkshire Moors on December 13, 2018 in Commondale, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Brussels for an EU summit today, the morning after surviving a vote of confidence. The prime minister is seeking legally binding pledges from EU leaders on the 'backstop' - the plan to avoid a return to a manned Northern Ireland border. Critics say the plan will keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and curb its ability to strike trade deals. The EU says it will not renegotiate the backstop but may agree to greater assurances on its temporary nature. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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In July, the Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Féin’s John Finucane, said the Irish government must lead the way in making plans and preparations for Irish unification.

Speaking to the MacGill Summer School on 23 July, Finucane said the debate about Irish unity does not just belong to Sinn Féin, but to everyone on the island.

He called on the Irish government to set up a unit within government to begin preparations for the possibility of Irish unity, highlighting that the Scottish government has done so.

The Belfast mayor also called for an Oireachtas committee on Irish unity to be established. He also called on the Taoiseach to “appoint an Minister of State with the dedicated and specific responsibility of developing strategies to advance Irish unity and coordinating the Government’s all-Ireland policies”.

The previous weekend, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK said a poll on a united Ireland would “degrade” attempts to resolve the ongoing impasse over Britain’s departure from the EU.

Adrian O’Neill told BBC Radio 4′s The Week in Westminster programme that the current priority for the Irish government was to restore the Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont.

Last year, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said a no-deal Brexit would bring the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.

With reporting by Christina Finn

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