Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2007

Module: Role of Government

This page lists the questions asked within the Role of Government module in 2007. Clicking on the question name printed to the left of every question will bring you to the tables of results for that question. Publications and further information on Role of Government can be found on the Political Attitudes Resources page. This module was asked as part of the International Social Survey Programme.


SCOBEYLW: Should people obey the law without exception?

PROTEST1: Should organising public meeting to protest against the government be allowed?

PROTEST3: Should organising protest marches and demonstrations be allowed?

PROTEST6: Should organising a nationwide strike against the government be allowed?

REVMEET: Should people who want to overthrow government by revolution be allowed to hold public meetings?

REVPUB: Should people who want to overthrow the government by revolution be allowed to publish books?

JUSTICE: Is it worse to convict an innocent person or let a guilty person go free?

GOVECON3: Are you in favour of cuts in government spending?

GOVECON4: Are you in favour of government financing of projects to create new jobs?

GOVECON5: Are you in favour of less government regulation of business?

GOVECON6: Are you in favour of government support for industry to develop new products and technology?

GOVECON7: Are you in favour of government support for declining industries to protect jobs?

GOVECON8: Are you in favour of reducing the working week to create more jobs?

GVSPEND1: Would you like more government spending on the environment?

GVSPEND2: Would you like more government spending on health?

GVSPEND3: Would you like more government spending on the police and law enforcement?

GVSPEND4: Would you like more government spending on education?

GVSPEND5: Would you like more government spending on the military and defence?

GVSPEND6: Would you like more government spending on old age pensions?

GVSPEND7: Would you like more government spending on unemployment benefits?

GVSPEND8: Would you like more government spending on culture and the arts?

GOVRESP1: Is it the government's responsibility to provide a job for everyone?

GOVRESP2: Is it the government's responsibility to keep prices under control?

GOVRESP3: Is it the government's responsibility to provide health care for the sick?

GOVRESP4: Is it the government's responsibility to provide a decent standard of living for the old?

GOVRESP5: Is it the government's responsibility to provide industry with the help it needs to grow?

GOVRESP6: Is it the government's responsibility to provide a decent standard of living for the unemployed?

GOVRESP7: Is it the government's responsibility to reduce income differences between the rich and the poor?

GOVRESP8: Is it the government's responsibility to give financial help to university students from low-income families?

GOVRESP9: Is it the government's responsibility to provide decent housing for those who can't afford it?

GOVRESP0: Is it the government's responsibility to impose strict laws to make industry do less damage to the environment?

GOVSUCC1: How successful is the UK government in providing health care for the sick?

GOVSUCC2: How successful is the UK government in providing a decent standard of living for the old?

GOVSUCC3: How successful is the UK government in dealing with threats to the UK’s security?

GOVSUCC4: How successful is the UK government in controlling crime?

GOVSUCC5: How successful is the UK government in fighting unemployment?

GOVSUCC6: How successful is the UK government in protecting the environment?

TERRACT1: Should authorities have the right to detain people without trail if they suspect a terrorist act is about to happen?

TERRACT2: Should authorities have the right to tap phones if they suspect a terrorist act is about to happen?

TERRACT3: Should authorities have the right to stop and search at people random if they suspect a terrorist act is about to happen?

POLITICS: How interested would you say you personally are in politics?

GOVNOSAY: Do people have no say in what the government does?

POLITIC3: Does the average citizen have considerable influence on politics?

USTNDPOL: Do you have a good understanding of the important political issues facing the country?

INFPOLI2: Are most people better informed about politics and government than you are?

MPPROMIS: Do MPS keep the promises they have made during the election?

CSTRUST2: Can most civil servants be trusted to do what is best for the country?

TAXHISC: Are taxes for people on high incomes too high?

TAXMIDSC: Are taxes for people on middle incomes too high?

TAXLOWSC: Are taxes for people on low incomes too high?

TRUSTFEW: Are there only a few people you can trust completely?

TRUSTNON: Will other people take advantage of you if you are not careful?

UINFLDEC: How often are you asked to help influence important decisions in other people’s favour?

OPEOPINF: Are there people you could ask to help influence important decisions in your favour?

PUBOFAIR: How often do public officials deal fairly with people like you?

PUBOWHO: Does the treatment people get from public officials in Northern Ireland depends on who they know?

POLCORR: How many politicians in Northern Ireland are involved in corruption?

PUBOCORR: How many public officials in Northern Ireland are involved in corruption?

POBRIBE: In the last 5 years, how often have you come across a public official wanted a bribe in return for a service?

NUMCONT: How many people do you have contact with in a typical week day?




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