One year on from the overwhelming victory for the Yes campaign in the Referendum on same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland, the debate on whether this should be legalised in Northern Ireland continues. But how do people in Northern Ireland feel about the issue 12 months after the Referendum and our May 2015 poll?
A recent Ipsos MORI poll which asked, ‘to what extent do you agree with this statement: homosexual couples should be allowed to marry each other’ has found that over two-thirds (70%) of adults in Northern Ireland believe that homosexual couples should be allowed to marry each other; a figure not dissimilar to the same poll Ipsos MORI ran around the time of the Referendum last year (68%). Meanwhile, 22% disagree with the principle.
However, there remains a degree of variation among demographic groups when it comes to supporting same-sex marriage. Over three-quarters (77%) of females agree that homosexual couples should be permitted to marry, while fewer males (63%) think the same way.
Over four in five (85%) of 16-34 year olds agree with the principle of same-sex marriage, while those aged 65 and over are less sure (47%).
Four in five (80%) from a Catholic community background agree that homosexual couples should be allowed to marry compared to 60% of those from a Protestant upbringing.
In addition, the data has highlighted differing views on this subject depending on the political party individuals support. As may be expected, agreement that homosexual couples should be permitted to marry is highest among Alliance Party (83%) and Sinn Fein supporters (80%). Three-quarters (76%) of those who favour the SDLP agree that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, followed by 62% of UUP and 50% of DUP supporters.
Active Lives Children and Young People Survey 2018/19
Ipsos MORI carried out this survey of pupils in schools on behalf of Sport England during the academic year 2018/19. Sport England commissioned Ipsos MORI to design and carry out the survey to inform Sport England’s strategy and the strategies of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).