Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey

Download the data

The raw data for each year of the survey can be downloaded for users to run their own analysis. The files are designed to be used with the SPSS statistical package. Excel files are available at The Detail Data Portal.

The files are in SPSS portable file format, which means that they can be read by any version of SPSS running under any operating system (for example, Windows or MAC). In order to save space and download time, the files have been compressed and saved in zip format. After downloading the file, you will need to unzip it using suitable software, for example, WINZIP. These files should also be recognised by Windows Explorer.

To download a file, click on the link with the right hand mouse button (PC users only), which will allow you to save the file to disk. For example, Netscape users should select the 'Save Link As ...' option.

The NILT data must be weighted (unless using household variables). Instructions about how to apply the correct weight and other information about the NILT surveys are available in the technical notes, and should be used along with the SPSS files. If you have any queries, please contact us.

NEW A series of teaching datasets have been developed, designed to be used on courses teaching quantitative statistical analysis in the social sciences.

All work that uses or refers to the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey should acknowledge it using the appropriate bibliographic citation. To view the citation for each year, please click on the word 'citation' below.

NILT is a freely available resource for anyone interested in public attitudes in Northern Ireland. There is no charge to use the statistics or data available on this website. However, we are always interested in how the findings are used, and so would be very grateful if you would let us know how you have used them. In particular, copies or links to reports or articles are very welcome. Our contact details are available in the Helpline section.

Note: these compressed files contain datasets in SPSS portable file format.
Data for 2016 NILT 2016 data - zip format (148KB) Citation
     
Data for 2015 NILT 2015 data - zip format (192KB) Citation
     
Data for 2014 NILT 2014 data - zip format (210KB) Citation
     

Data for 2013

NILT 2013 data - zip format (209KB) Citation
     
Data for 2012 NILT 2012 data - zip format (176 KB) Citation
  Please note that the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey did not run in 2011 as we were unable to confirm the full package of funding required in time to allow fieldwork to take place
Data for 2010 NILT 2010 data - zip format (237 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2009 NILT 2009 data - zip format (213 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2008 NILT 2008 data - zip format (256 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2007 NILT 2007 data - zip format (287 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2006: NILT 2006 data - zip format (257 KB) Citation
Teaching dataset  
  10 July 2008: We have found an irregularity in the data for the following questions: TRAVCOLL, TRAVRES, TRAVREL, EECOLL, EERES, EEREL, MEGCOLLA, MEGRESA, MEGRELA, MUSCOLL2, MUSRES2, MUSREL2. We are looking into this problem and have removed the relevant data from this dataset.
Please check this page again later for an update.
Data for 2005: NILT 2005 data - zip format (524 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2004: NILT 2004 data - zip format (489 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2003: NILT 2003 data - zip format (583 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2002: NILT 2002 data - zip format (521 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2001: NILT 2001 data - zip format (374 KB) Citation
     
Data for 2000: NILT 2000 data - zip format (335 KB) - Please note that this data file does not contain data for the Social Capital section of the Community Relations module, or the Welfare Reform module. If you would like to use this data, please fill in a feedback form or contact the Helpline. Citation
     
Data for 1999: NILT 1999 data - zip format (466 KB) - Please note that this data file does not contain data for the Pensions and Pensioners module. If you would like to use this data, please fill in a feedback form or contact the Helpline. Citation
     
Data for 1998: NILT 1998 data - zip format (448 KB) Citation

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