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  Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Study - 2003

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constit: Constituency that respondent voted in

q1: How long have you lived in the town where you live now?

q2: Have you ever lived outside of Northern Ireland for more than six months?

q3: How much interest do you generally have in what is going on in politics?

niparty: Political party support (derived from q4a - q4c)

q5: What do you think that the UKís long-term policy should be?

q6a: Should the UK government reduce taxes?

q6b: Should the standards of services be the same in every part of the UK?

q6c: Should university tuition fees be the same everywhere in the UK?

q7a: How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in Northern Ireland?

q7b: How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in Great Britain?

q7c: How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in the Republic of Ireland?

q8a: How do you feel about the guarantee that N Ireland will remain in the UK as long as a majority wish it?

q8b: How do you feel about the creation of North-South bodies?

q8c: How do you feel about the setting up of a Northern Ireland assembly?

q8d: How do you feel about the removal of the Republic of Ireland's constitutional claim to Northern Ireland?

q8e: How do you feel about decommissioning of paramilitary weapons?

q8f: How do you feel about the requirement that the Executive is power-sharing?

q9: Did the Good Friday Agreement benefit unionists more than nationalists?

q10a: Has the Good Friday Agreement finally broken the political deadlock in Northern Ireland?

q10b: Will the Good Friday Agreement lead to a lasting peace in Northern Ireland?

q10c: Will the Good Friday Agreement bring economic prosperity to Northern Ireland?

q11: If the vote on the Good Friday Agreement was held again today, how would you vote?

q12: How did you vote in 1998 when the referendum on the Agreement was held?

q13: Opinion on the Good Friday Agreement.

q14a: Does everything that has happened since the Good Friday Agreement was signed make it more likely that Northern Ireland will eventually join the Irish Republic

q14b: Does everything that has happened since the Good Friday Agreement was signed make it more likely that Northern Ireland will stay part of the UK?

q14c: Does power-sharing mean that nationalists are now more content that N Ireland should remain part of the UK?

q14d: Does power-sharing mean that one day a majority of unionists will agree to N Ireland joining the Irish Republic?

q15a: How much you agree or disagree that the disbandment of the IRA is needed to move the political situation forward in N Ireland?

q15b: How much you agree or disagree as long as the guns stay silent, it doesnít matter whether they are decommissioned or not?

q15c: How much you agree or disagree that policing in Northern Ireland would benefit if Sinn Fein was to participate in the policing boards?

q15d: How much you agree or disagree that having more Catholic police officers hasnít made any difference to the way the police service is run?

q16: Has the reform of the police in Northern Ireland has gone too far?

q17: Has decommissioning of weapons by Republican paramilitaries has gone too far?

q18: Has decommissioning of weapons by Loyalist paramilitaries has gone too far?

q19: Do you have any sympathy with the reasons for Loyalist violence?

q20: Do you have any sympathy with the reasons for Republican violence?

q21: What do you think the long-term policy for Northern Ireland should be?

q22: At any time in the next 20 years, is it likely that there will be a united Ireland?

q23: Have the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive been justified?

q24a: Should the British Government be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24b: Should the Irish Government be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24c: Should the UUP be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24d: Should the DUP be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24e: Should the SDLP be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24f: Should Sinn Fein be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24g: Should the IRA be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q24h: Should others be blamed for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive?

q25: Which group should be blamed the most for the suspensions of the Assembly and Executive.

q26: How important is it that both nationalists and unionists should have control of some ministries

q27: Are you on the electoral register?

q28: Did you decide deliberately not to go on the register?

q30: Did you vote in the Assembly election?

q31: Did you decide deliberately not to vote?

q34: Did you vote here in this constituency or in another one?

q35: Did the respondent complete the mock ballot paper?

q37: Was the party of the candidate more important in deciding how you cast your first preference vote?

q38a: Did you choose your first choice candidate because they were in favour of the Good Friday Agreement?

q38b: Did you choose your first choice candidate because they were against the Good Friday Agreement?

q38c: Did you choose your first choice candidate because their general views were close to your own?

q38d: Did you choose your first choice candidate because they would work hard for local people?

q39: How long ago did you decide that you would definitely vote the way you did?

q40: How much attention did you pay to reports about the election campaign in the newspapers?

q41: Did you follow the election campaign news on television?

q42: And did you follow the election campaign news on the radio?

q43: Did you discuss the election with family, friends or acquaintances?

q44: Did you see information about political parties and candidates on the internet?

q45a: Did the political party to which you gave your first preference vote in the election ask people in this area to vote for their candidates in a particular order?

q45b: Did you vote for the candidates in that order?

q46: Was there any time during the election campaign when you considered voting in a different way?

q47: Should the leaders of the party to which you gave your first preference vote stick to their principles, or should they be willing to compromise?

q48a: Who would you like to see as First Minister?

q48b: Who would you like to see as Deputy First Minister?

q49a: How do you feel about the UUP?

q49b: How do you feel about the DUP?

q49c: How do you feel about the Alliance Party?

q49d: How do you feel about Sinn Fein?

q49e: How do you feel about the SDLP?

q49f: How do you feel about the PUP?

q49g: How do you feel about the Women's Coalition?

q50: Which party has been the most effective voice for unionists in N Ireland?

q51: Wwhich party has been the most effective voice for nationalists in N Ireland?

q52a: In the course of the peace process, did Sinn Fein change as a party and become more willing to compromise with unionists?

q52b: In the course of the last Assembly, did the DUP change as a party and became more willing to compromise with nationalists?

q53a: Would you trust Gerry Adams to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53b: Would you trust Mark Durkan to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53c: Would you trust David Ervine to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53d: Would you trust David Ford to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53e: Would you trust Robert McCartney to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

a53f: Would you trust Monica McWilliams to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53g: Would you Ian Paisley trust to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53h: Would you trust David Trimble to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53i: Would you trust Cedric Wilson to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q53j: Would you trust none of these politicians to act in the best interests of all the people in N Ireland?

q54a: What is the 1st most important for a new assembly to bring about?

q54b: What is the 2nd most important for a new assembly to bring about?

q54c: What is the 3rd most important for a new assembly to bring about?

q55: Was the recent assembly election conducted fairly?

q56: Do political parties in N Ireland care what ordinary people think?

q57: Do the politicians that we elect know what ordinary people think?

q58: Would you say that no matter who people vote for it it won't make any difference to what happens?

q59: Do most people in Northern Ireland usually say what they think about politics?

q60: In the 1998 Assembly election, which party did you give your first preference vote to?

q61: If there had been a general election on 26th November, which party do you think you would have voted for?

q63: Which of these best describes the way you usually think of yourself?

q64: Do you think of yourself as a unionist, a nationalist, or neither?

q66: Is there a lot of prejudice against Catholics in N Ireland?

q67: Is there a lot of prejudice against Protestants in N Ireland?

q68: Are relations between Protestants and Catholics better than 5 years ago?

q69: Will relations between Protestants and Catholics be better in 5 years time?

q70: Would you yourself mind if one of your close relatives were to marry someone of a different religion?

q71: How many of your relatives are the same religion as you?

q72: Would you prefer to send your children to a school with children of only your own religion?

Background section

b27: Did you ever attend a mixed or integrated school in N Ireland?

b28: Was this a formally integrated school?

b29: Has any child in your care ever attended a mixed or integrated school in N Ireland?

Self completion questionnaire

scq1: Please tick whichever box is closest to your views on the future of Northern Ireland (constitutional scale).

scq2: How much say do you think a Westminster government of any party should have in the way N Ireland is run?

scq3: How much say do you think an Irish government of any party should have in the way N Ireland is run?

scq4a: Do ordinary people get their fair share of the nationís wealth?

scq4b: Is there one law for the rich and one for the poor?

scq4c: Is there no need for strong trade unions to protect employeesí working conditions and wages?

scq4d: Is private enterprise the best way to solve N Irelandís economic problems?

scq4e: Ought major public services and industries be in state ownership?

scq4f: Is it the governmentís responsibility to provide a job for everyone who wants one?

scq5a: Do people like you have any say in what the government does?

scq5b: Do politics and government seem so complicated that a person like you cannot really understand what is going on?

scq5c: Do things go on much the same whatever party is in power?

scq5d: Is voting the only way people like you can have any say about how the government runs things?



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