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47.9% of NI would back a United Ireland in the event of a 'hard Brexit'

  • 07-12-2017 4:09pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭


    https://www.derryjournal.com/news/47-9-would-back-a-united-ireland-in-the-event-of-a-hard-brexit-1-8279946
    Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson says new findings that a large plurality of people would support a United Ireland if it kept the North in the European Union after a 'hard Brexit' reveal a deep level of concern about the 'Tory/DUP anti-EU agenda'.


    A new LucidTalk poll commissioned by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European Parliament, of which Ms. Anderson is a member, also found that a majority of people in the North now support 'Special Status' within the EU.

    Key findings of the poll were: that 57.8 per cent of people support 'Special Status' for the North within the EU; that 47.9 per cent support the North remaining in the EU by joining a United Ireland; that 52.4 per cent believe there will be a reduction in rights as a result of Brexit; and that 75.8 per cent believe EU standards should be maintained post-Brexit.

    The Derry-based MEP said: "The results of this opinion poll, which was carried out by LucidTalk and commissioned by GUE/NGL, shows that a majority of people, 57.8 per cent, believe that the North should be given 'Special Status within the EU, including remaining in the customs union and single market.

    "This vote, just like that of the majority who voted to remain in the EU in last year's referendum, is drawn from all sections of society across the North.

    "The poll also shows that a majority [sic] 47.9 per cent, believe that the north should remain in the EU by becoming part of a United Ireland in the event of a 'hard Brexit.'

    "It also found that 52.4 per cent of people believe that there will be a decrease in rights as a result of Brexit.

    "This shows the deep level of concern about the Tory/DUP Brexit agenda and reinforces that the DUP do not represent the views of the people of the people of the North.

    "While of course this is an opinion poll, it also chimes with what we have been hearing in our engagements with people from all sections of society from across the north.

    "What this shows is that more and more people now realise that securing special status for the north within the EU is achievable and offers the best protection for the Good Friday Agreement and citizens rights."


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 37,129 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,837 ✭✭✭Edward M




  • Registered Users Posts: 3,182 ✭✭✭demfad


    Consonata wrote: »

    Sinn Fein staying quietish on DUP/Brexit stuff. Is it because DUP's position makes a UI more likely?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,015 ✭✭✭✭James Brown


    demfad wrote: »
    Sinn Fein staying quietish on DUP/Brexit stuff. Is it because DUP's position makes a UI more likely?

    I would say the DUP are well capable of looking foolish and choosing to cut their nose to spite the collective Northern Ireland/UK face re: Brexit.
    May seems to be floundering.
    Difficult balancing act for SF I'd imagine. If negotiations go south ;) it may be a loss for the occupied territories, but a win towards a move for a united Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,571 ✭✭✭Red_Wake


    If they can't get over 50% support for a UI in the event of a hard Brexit, I don't know what it would take to get that magic 50%+1.

    I assume hard brexit swells support for a UI significantly though, I may be wrong though.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭Consonata


    Red_Wake wrote: »
    If they can't get over 50% support for a UI in the event of a hard Brexit, I don't know what it would take to get that magic 50%+1.

    I assume hard brexit swells support for a UI significantly though, I may be wrong though.

    The fact that its remotely close to 50% without any semblence of campaigning being done is fairly remarkable honestly. It would be fascinating to see what the poll would give if the EU gave a "Unification package" i.e money to invest in infrastructure and the health service in order to replace the services the North would lose out on when leaving the UK


  • Registered Users Posts: 38,247 ✭✭✭✭Guy:Incognito


    Consonata wrote: »
    The fact that its remotely close to 50% without any semblence of campaigning being done is fairly remarkable honestly. It would be fascinating to see what the poll would give if the EU gave a "Unification package" i.e money to invest in infrastructure and the health service in order to replace the services the North would lose out on when leaving the UK

    There's a 2nd country that needs to vote on it too..........


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17,388 ✭✭✭✭Jayop


    That's a massive jump since the last time it was asked and it's a surprisingly high figure for me. I expected closer to 40 percent. The next stormont election or local election will be very telling.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,294 ✭✭✭LiamoSail


    We can't afford the North, it's a basket case economically. Reunification would require austerity on par with the post crash days coupled with significant increases in income tax etc. It's romantic notion but the shouldn't be considered without accounting for the accompanying security issues, likely Unionist campaigns, cuts in housing, health, education, infrastructure etc.

    Ireland's not a utopia, but the last thing in the world a country like ours that try's to act like a normal functioning country needs is more Sinn Fein and the DUP


  • Registered Users Posts: 48 CroFag


    Reunification would require austerity...
    Ireland's not a utopia, but the last thing in the world a country like ours that try's to act like a normal functioning country needs is more Sinn Fein and the DUP

    I don't get it, isn't SF anti-austerity socialist party?

    DUP are self hating Irish desperately wanting to be English, they need to become a minority in NI, the sooner the better for everybody.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭Consonata


    LiamoSail wrote: »
    We can't afford the North, it's a basket case economically. Reunification would require austerity on par with the post crash days coupled with significant increases in income tax etc. It's romantic notion but the shouldn't be considered without accounting for the accompanying security issues, likely Unionist campaigns, cuts in housing, health, education, infrastructure etc.

    Ireland's not a utopia, but the last thing in the world a country like ours that try's to act like a normal functioning country needs is more Sinn Fein and the DUP

    We can't afford a border either. Its just an argument of which is less painful economically. We wouldn't be having the discussion otherwise


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    Jayop wrote: »
    That's a massive jump since the last time it was asked and it's a surprisingly high figure for me. I expected closer to 40 percent. The next stormont election or local election will be very telling.

    Close to 60% disapprove of what the dup want and happy with the special staus.....this could potentially throw a lifeline to the UUP in a Westminster election and thus cause a locked Westminster? ?


    Wonder how far the dup will push for an assembly rerun election on stormont talks....iirc if still an Impass. ..there must be another election


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,452 ✭✭✭✭The_Valeyard


    demfad wrote: »
    Sinn Fein staying quietish on DUP/Brexit stuff. Is it because DUP's position makes a UI more likely?

    DUP digging a big enough grave for themselves,
    Sinn Fein just need to sit back and watch it happen.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Junkyard Tom


    LiamoSail wrote: »
    We can't afford the North, it's a basket case economically.

    It wouldn't suddenly become Dublin's responsibility alone. The British and the EU would be required to help absorb the costs of a transition to a United Ireland over many years while the northeast was repaired and integrated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 969 ✭✭✭Greybottle


    The poll was commissioned by the SF group in the European Parliament. I'm always a bit wary of polls that are done by parties themselves, be they ( left, right, centre, ecological, libertarian etc.) who are promoting a particular agenda.

    Does anybody have a link to the questions asked, especially the lead in questions?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭Consonata


    Greybottle wrote: »
    The poll was commissioned by the SF group in the European Parliament. I'm always a bit wary of polls that are done by parties themselves, be they ( left, right, centre, ecological, libertarian etc.) who are promoting a particular agenda.

    Does anybody have a link to the questions asked, especially the lead in questions?

    What is meant by commissioned is, that it was paid for by the group. The poll wasn't done by them, it was done by LucidTalk, pretty much the only pollster who polls Northern Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,169 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Consonata wrote: »
    What is meant by commissioned is, that it was paid for by the group. The poll wasn't done by them, it was done by LucidTalk, pretty much the only pollster who polls Northern Ireland.

    When you commission a poll, you determine the questions, the order in which they are asked etc. I reckon I could get 60% support for a united Ireland up in the North. Have a go at these:

    (1) Do you believe that people's welfare and income are the most important issues?

    (2) Do you know that living standards in Northern Ireland are below those in the South and that unemployment is higher in the North?

    (3) Do you understand that Brexit will bring economic difficulties to Northern Ireland and that ordinary people will suffer a further drop in living standards below those in the South?

    (4) Are you aware that a hard border, as proposed by the DUP would increase the hardship for ordinary people in Northern Ireland?

    (5) In the event that a hard Brexit resulted in severe economic difficulties for people in the North, would you be prepared to consider voting for a united Ireland if it meant that living standards would go back up.

    In all seriousness, one-off polls outside the context of an actual referendum are hard to put any trust in. Asking people about a potential decision in the absence of any real thinking and discussion can throw up the strangest ideas. There is one common thread through all of the opinion polls about a united Ireland. Where the question is phrased in such a way as to mean a united Ireland would bring prosperity to the North, it does increase the support. However, nobody has been able to credibly explain how this would happen and how much Southern taxpayers would have to pay to make it a reality.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    blanch152 wrote: »
    When you commission a poll, you determine the questions, the order in which they are asked etc. I reckon I could get 60% support for a united Ireland up in the North. Have a go at these:

    (1) Do you believe that people's welfare and income are the most important issues?

    (2) Do you know that living standards in Northern Ireland are below those in the South and that unemployment is higher in the North?

    (3) Do you understand that Brexit will bring economic difficulties to Northern Ireland and that ordinary people will suffer a further drop in living standards below those in the South?

    (4) Are you aware that a hard border, as proposed by the DUP would increase the hardship for ordinary people in Northern Ireland?

    (5) In the event that a hard Brexit resulted in severe economic difficulties for people in the North, would you be prepared to consider voting for a united Ireland if it meant that living standards would go back up.

    In all seriousness, one-off polls outside the context of an actual referendum are hard to put any trust in. Asking people about a potential decision in the absence of any real thinking and discussion can throw up the strangest ideas. There is one common thread through all of the opinion polls about a united Ireland. Where the question is phrased in such a way as to mean a united Ireland would bring prosperity to the North, it does increase the support. However, nobody has been able to credibly explain how this would happen and how much Southern taxpayers would have to pay to make it a realit

    There polling data on brexit was virtually 100% accurate

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/brexit-majority-of-ni-voters-want-uk-to-remain-in-eu-1.2659936?mode=amp



    Have you anything to imply LucidTalk will hold rubbish polls onto a demographic with a sky sales type script what you've written


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,117 ✭✭✭✭Junkyard Tom


    Remember too this poll is pre-Brexit fallout. There will be people answering the poll thinking that Brexit will make Britain great again.

    The pro-UI numbers will go higher.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    Remember too this poll is pre-Brexit fallout. There will be people answering the poll thinking that Brexit will make Britain great again.

    The pro-UI numbers will go higher.

    Indeed they seem to be taking the issue serious

    LucidTalk are members of the British Polling Council (BPC) and consequently all polling, polling methodologies, project management, and professional standards used by LucidTalk, have been authenticated by the BPC.

    As well as the Poll results data and useful market research information obtained from each LucidTalk project it should be noted that as part of each project LucidTalk will have usually contacted over 1,000 people,



    LOL at all those who'll cite their polls....but cry foul when it deosnt suit :D:D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,169 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Indeed they seem to be taking the issue serious

    LucidTalk are members of the British Polling Council (BPC) and consequently all polling, polling methodologies, project management, and professional standards used by LucidTalk, have been authenticated by the BPC.

    As well as the Poll results data and useful market research information obtained from each LucidTalk project it should be noted that as part of each project LucidTalk will have usually contacted over 1,000 people,



    LOL at all those who'll cite their polls....but cry foul when it deosnt suit :D:D

    Again, it is not a poll conducted month after month with the same questions whereby you can establish trends.

    It is a one-off poll with unique questions in a unique situation and needs to be treated with caution, that is all. Simple understanding of how polls work is all that is required.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    blanch152 wrote: »
    Again, it is not a poll conducted month after month with the same questions whereby you can establish trends.

    It is a one-off poll with unique questions in a unique situation and needs to be treated with caution, that is all. Simple understanding of how polls work is all that is required.

    Meh...read as a rather poor attempt to rubbish it :D


    2-3 more polls of similar results,a hard border (it's unavoidable realistically. ..otherwise there will alot of rich smugglers),and their will be no grounds to refuse a border poll


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,169 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    Meh...read as a rather poor attempt to rubbish it :D


    2-3 more polls of similar results,a hard border (it's unavoidable realistically. ..otherwise there will alot of rich smugglers),and their will be no grounds to refuse a border poll

    If I were Secretary of State, I would want a motion passed at the Northern Ireland Assembly in favour of a border poll before I would consider it likely to pass. That would require two things, a functioning Assembly and cross-community support for the idea.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,768 ✭✭✭✭tomwaterford


    blanch152 wrote: »
    cross-community support for the idea.

    In the gfa it Only requires sectary of state to think there's a chance it'll pass....but keep making up stuff :D :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,940 ✭✭✭✭markodaly


    Our Dail politics is a little dysfunctional, not sure would the DUP and the more militant Shinners be much help here in that regard. It will not happen in my life for sure, we wont even pay for water, do you honestly think da people will pay an extra few grand a year to bail out the north?


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,169 ✭✭✭✭blanch152


    In the gfa it Only requires sectary of state to think there's a chance it'll pass....but keep making up stuff :D :pac:

    Yes, but he needs something objective to rely on. An Assembly vote for a border poll is the obvious trigger.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,750 ✭✭✭Avatar MIA


    In the gfa it Only requires sectary of state to think there's a chance it'll pass....but keep making up stuff :D :pac:

    It's a bit stronger than 'a chance', I think it's something like 'likely'... too lazy to look up :pac:
    Consonata wrote: »
    We can't afford a border either. Its just an argument of which is less painful economically. We wouldn't be having the discussion otherwise

    That's short term thinking. With a greater population will come greater opportunities for the Super Ireland.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,750 ✭✭✭Avatar MIA


    Avatar MIA wrote: »


    That's short term thinking. With a greater population will come greater opportunities for the Super Ireland.

    In fact, can I start the campaign now to replace the term United Ireland with Super Ireland. :cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,430 ✭✭✭RustyNut


    LiamoSail wrote: »
    We can't afford the North, it's a basket case economically. Reunification would require austerity on par with the post crash days coupled with significant increases in income tax etc.

    Seems like a small price to pay for a UI considering what has been sacrificed already.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,940 ✭✭✭✭markodaly


    Anyway, our entire political system would have to be re-established, we would need to rejoin the commonwealth, we would need tens of billions of euro from the EU and doubt they would just hand it over.


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