United Ireland: Poll says half of Northern Irish people want referemdum


A new Sunday Times poll has revealed that over half of Northern Irish people want a unity referendum in the next five years.


The paper commissioned a series of surveys across the UK to gauge attitudes towards the Union.


It came in the wake of the United Kingdom finally leaving the European Union.


In Scotland, the poll found 49% backed independence compared to 44% against - a margin of 52% to 48% if the undecideds are excluded.


In Northern Ireland, 47% still want to remain in the UK, with 42% in favour of a United Ireland and a significant proportion - 11% - undecided.


But, when asked if they supported a referendum on a United Ireland in the next five years, 51% said yes - compared to 44% against.


However, asked if they supported a referendum on a United Ireland within the next five years, 51% said yes compared to 44% who were against.


Weakest


In Wales, support for independence is weakest.


23% still backed leaving the UK while 31% supported a referendum.


Which we are slightly surprised at given this recent ad from the 'Yes' campaign.


Across every region in the UK, more voters expected Scotland to have exited the Union within the next 10 years.


In England, the margin was 49% to 19%, in Northern Ireland it was 60% to 28%, in Wales 49% to 23% and in Scotland itself 49% to 30%.


Panelbase polled 1,206 adults resident in Scotland between 19 and 22 January.


Lucidtalk polled 2,392 people in Northern Ireland aged 16 and over between 15 and 18 January.


YouGov polled 1,416 English adults between 1 and 20 January, and 1,059 people in Wales aged 16 and over between 18th and 21st January.


Last year, the Taoiseach ruled out the possibility of a border poll for a United Ireland in the republic.