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The following table contains summary results from polls which contained a question about support for a united Ireland. Most of the polls listed were conducted within Northern Ireland but there are also some results for the Republic of Ireland.

Recent polls containing a question about support for a united Ireland (UI), or remaining in the UK

Date (Publication) Area Yes
(UI)
No
(Stay UK)
Don't Know Won't
vote
Lead
 
26 May 2022 NI 34% 48% 11% 4% 14%
Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey 2021. Computer Assisted Web Interviewing (CAWI), 12 Oct to 22 Dec 2021. Question result. ARK Research Update No.147.
 
5 May 2022 NI 30.0% 45.3% 18.7% 15.3%
Social Market Research (SMR) poll for the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and The Irish News. On-line panel survey, 11-26 Mar 2022. Article. Report.
 
12 Dec 2021 NI 41% 49% 8% 8%
Lord Ashcroft Polls. On-line interviews, 15-18 Nov 2021. Report.
 
10 Dec 2021 RoI 63% 16% 13% 8% 47%
Ipsos/MRBI poll for The Irish Times. Newspaper results. Newspaper article.
 
29 Nov 2021 RoI 60% 25% 15% 35%
RED C poll for the Business Post. On-line panel interviews, 19-25 Nov 2021. RED C article. Report.
 
4 Nov 2021 NI 30% 59% 9% 2% 29%
Social Market Research (SMR), for the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. On-line panel survey, 21-29 Oct 2021. Report.
 
29 Aug 2021 NI 42% 49% 9% 7%
LucidTalk on-line poll, for the Belfast Telegraph. On-line survey, 20-23 August 2021. Article.
 
10 Jun 2021 NI 30% 53% 9% 5% 23%
Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey 2020. Face-to-face interviews, 8 Oct to 8 Dec 2020. Question result.
 
1 May 2021 NI 35% 44% 21% 9%
1 May 2021 RoI 67% 16% 17% 9%
Kantar poll, for Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, Irish Independent, and Sunday Independent. On-line interviews, NI 14-22 Apr 2021, RoI 16-23 Apr 2021. BT Article.
 
20 Apr 2021 NI 43% 49% 8% 6%
20 Apr 2021 RoI 51% 27% 22% 24%
LucidTalk poll in NI and Lucid Talk / Ireland Thinks poll in RoI, for BBC NI’s Spotlight programme. Survey NI 5-7 Apr 2021, RoI 6-9 Apr 2021. Article.
 
4 Mar 2021 NI 43% 57% N/A 14%
Savanta ComRes poll for ITV News. On-line interviews, 18-22 Feb 2021. Report. ITV article.
 
24 Jan 2021 NI 42% 47% 11% 5%
LucidTalk poll for The Sunday Times. Survey 15-18 Jan 2021. Sunday Times Tweet. Report.
 
25 Oct 2020 NI 35% 34% 26% 1%
LucidTalk poll for the Belfast Telegraph. NI-Wide Opinion Panel 'Tracker' Poll, 2-5 Oct 2020. Article. Report.
 
24 Feb 2020 NI 45% 47% 8% 2%
24 Feb 2020 RoI 73% 10% 17% 63%
LucidTalk for The Detail. Survey 31 Jan - 3 Feb 2020. Article.
 
18 Feb 2020 NI 29% 52% 19% 23%
Social Market Research poll for Liverpool University. Interviews 28 Dec 2019 - 11 Feb 2020. Article.
 
11 Sep 2019 NI 46% 45% 9% 1%
Lord Ashcroft Polls. On-line interviews 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2019. Article. Summary Report.
 
24 May 2019 RoI 65% 19% 15% 46%
Exit poll at European Elections carried out for RTÉ / TG4 by RED C.
 
7 Mar 2019 NI 32% 45% 23% 13%
7 Mar 2019 RoI 62% ?% ?% ?%
Ipsos Mori poll for The Irish Times. NI face-to-face interviews, 4-6 Mar 2019. Article.
 
3 Sep 2018 NI 52% 39% 9% 13%
Survey by Deltapoll for 'Our Future Our Choice' group. On-line survey 27-30 Aug 2018. BBC News item.
 
19 Jun 2018 NI 44% 49% 7% 5%
Lord Ashcroft Polls. NI on-line interviews, 4-28 May 2018. Article. Report.
 
13 Jun 2018 NI 22% 55% 10% 12% 33%
Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey 2017. Face-to-face interviews, 13 Sep 2017 - 6 Feb 2018. Question result.
 
8 Jun 2018 NI 42.1% 45.0% 12.7% 0.2% 2.9%
LucidTalk and YouGov poll for the BBC. On-line and telephone survey, 4-10 May 2018. BBC News item. Report.
 
21 May 2018 NI 21.1% 50.3% 18.9% 9.7% 29.2%
Ipsos MORI NI survey for QUB. Face-to-face interviews, 9 Feb - 12 Mar 2018. Report.
 
8 Dec 2017 NI 47.9% 45.4% 6.0% 0.7% 3.0%
LucidTalk poll for the EU Parliamentary Group the GUE/NGL – EU Left/Nordic Green Left. On-line survey, 1-4 Dec 2017. Report.
 
1 Nov 2017 NI 33.7% 55.4% 9.8% 1.1% 21.7%
LucidTalk. On-line survey, 20-23 Oct 2017. Report.
 
25 Jul 2017 NI 27.0% 52.7% 20.2% 25.7%
Social Market Research, NI General Election Survey 2017. Report.
 
Sep 2016 NI 28% 61% 11% 33%
LucidTalk. On-line survey, 21-23 Sep 2016. Belfast Telegraph article.
 
8 Sep 2016 NI 22% 63% 13% 2% 41%
Ipsos Mori poll for BBC NI programme The View. BBC News item.
 
5 Feb 2013 NI 17% 65% 12% 5% 48%
Ipsos Mori. BBC News item.
 

Source: Based on information from Wikipedia, plus the survey organisations and media reports.

See also: Polls of Opinion and Attitude in Northern Ireland, 1973-2004, which contains some related information.

 


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