What is the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey?

The Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey was launched in 1998 and puts on record the attitudes, values and beliefs of the people in Northern Ireland on a wide range of social policy issues.

Life and Times has its roots in the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey, which ran from 1989 to 1996. NILT has also sometimes shared questions with the International Social Survey Programme (IISP), to allow easy comparisons with other countries.

The range of topics varies from year to year, as do the organisations which fund the survey.  The survey team work with a wide range of subject experts to develop the questionnaire.

From 1998 to 2000, the Young Life and Times Survey sought the views of all 12 to 17 year olds living in the same household as a respondent to NILT.  If you want to find out more about the 1998-2000 Young Life and Times Survey, please contact us.

In 2003, the Young Life and Times Survey was relaunched, focusing on a separate sample of 16 year olds.

If you are interested in the views of young people and children, please look at the Young Life and Times or Kids' Life and Times Surveys.



The survey receives ethical approval from the School Ethics Committee of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast

Click here to view the Privacy Notice for the 2023 Life and Times Survey.

Click here to view a leaflet providing information about the 2023 Life and Times Survey.

NILT is a freely available resource for anyone interested in attitudes of people 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.

Our contact details are available in the Contact us section.