Social Attitudes in Northern Ireland: The Eighth Report

Editor(s): Ann Marie Gray, Katrina Lloyd, Paula Devine, Gillian Robinson and Deirdre Heenan
Document Type: Book
Year: 2002
Publisher: Pluto Press
Place of Publication: London
ISBN: 0-7453-1911-4

Background to the Research

  • The chapters in this book are based mainly on data collected by the 1998 and 1999 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) surveys. Some chapters also use time-series data collected by the NILT predecessor - the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes (NISA) survey.

Research Approach

  • The NILT survey began in 1998 and runs annually.
  • Each year, interviews are carried out with a random selection of adults (aged 18 years and over) who live in private households in Northern Ireland (NI). The full sample size is around 1,800 respondents - although some modules are asked of only half the sample.
  • The sample is drawn using the Valuation and Lands Agency list.
  • Fieldwork is undertaken using Computer Assisted Interviewing and a self-completion questionnaire.
  • The NISA surveys ran annually from 1989 to 1996 and interviews were carried out with a random sample of around 800 adults (aged 18 years and over) who lived in private households in NI.


Chapter Title Author(s)
  Introduction Ann Marie Gray, Katrina Lloyd, Paula Devine, Gillian Robinson and Deirdre Heenan
1 More Knowing than Knowledgeable: Attitudes Towards Devolution Roger MacGinty and Rick Wilford
2 Are There Any Christians in Northern Ireland? John Brewer
3 Ten Years of Social Attitudes to Community Relations in Northern Ireland Joanne Hughes and Caitlin Donnelly
4 Science in Our Lives Bernie Hannigan
5 Trusting People with Genetic Information Owen Barr and Kate Thompson
6 On the Move: Attitudes to Transport in Northern Ireland Liz Fawcett
7 Housing and Social Exclusion Deirdre Heenan and Katrina Lloyd
8 Attitudes to Academic Selection, Integrated Education and Diversity within the Curriculum Tony Gallagher and Alan Smith
9 The Rights of the Child in Northern Ireland: Teenage Attitudes and Social Responsibilities Kerry O'Halloran
10 Pensions and Pensioners in Northern Ireland Eileen Evason
11 Social Inequality Robert Miller
Appendix I Technical Details of the Survey Paula Devine
Appendix II Notes on the Tabulations
Appendix III Using Life and Times Survey Data



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