What is the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey?


NILT_UPdate.jpgThe Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey was launched in October 1998 as a resource for everyone interested in the social attitudes of people living in Northern Ireland.

Set up by Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University and run every year, the survey aims to put 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.

Questions within the Life and Times survey are grouped into modules. The range of modules 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 questionnionare. One major aim of the survey is to make the data freely available to the widest possible audience, and the results of each survey are available within 6 months from the end of the fieldwork.

Mental Health surveyWhether you are at school or at college, work in the media, government or voluntary sector, or whether you are just interested in what the people of Northern Ireland think about the issues of the day, we hope you find something useful in this web-site. Browse the website and find out.

If you are interested in the views of young people, 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 2022 Life and Times Survey.

Click here to view a leaflet providing information about the 2022 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. In particular, copies or links to reports or articles are very welcome. Our contact details are available in the Helpline section.