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Northern Ireland General Election Attitudes Survey, 2010

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SN: 6553
Title: Northern Ireland General Election Attitudes Survey, 2010
Alternative title: Westminster Election in Northern Ireland Survey, 2010
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6553-1
Series: Northern Ireland General Election Attitudes Surveys, 2010-
Depositor: Tonge, J., University of Liverpool. Department of Politics
Principal investigator(s): Tonge, J., University of Liverpool. Department of Politics
Hayes, B.C., University of Aberdeen. Department of Sociology
Mitchell, P., London School of Economics and Political Science. Department of Government
Data collector(s): MRNI Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-000-22-4033


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Tonge, J., Hayes, B.C., Mitchell, P. (2010). Northern Ireland General Election Attitudes Survey, 2010. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6553,

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Subject Categories

Conflict, security and peace - Politics
Election and campaign studies - Politics
Government and political systems - Politics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics


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The 2010 General Election represented the first opportunity for Northern Ireland's (NI) voters to express their political preferences in a non-European election since the formation of a power-sharing devolved government in 2007, headed by the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. The Northern Ireland General Election Attitudes Survey, 2010 examines the NI electorate's views of the 2010 election and explores different possible scenarios, such as:
  • thawing of the sectarian divide between Protestant-British Unionists and Catholic-Irish nationalists
  • movement away from the main ethnic blocs by voters who may support cross-community parties such as Alliance or the Greens
  • the utility of the joint 'Ulster Unionist-Conservative Party' label of Unionism's second largest party
  • the impact of Sinn Fein's new political approach, with the party supporting the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 2007
The survey provides vital evidence on the demographics of party support, the perceptions of parties and the views of the performance of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive. The survey also tests the electorate's perception of the threat posed by 'dissident' republicans.

Further information can be found on the 2010 Northern Ireland General Election ESRC award web page.

Users are advised that the UK Data Archive holds the British Election Study series (available under GN 33066) which explores electoral behaviour in Great Britain.
Main Topics:
The main areas of study are:
  • level of interest in the General Election
  • perceived key issue on which they voted
  • parties perceived as best able to address these issues
  • NI party perceived as closest to respondents views on this issue
  • voting patterns and reasons for choice of party/candidate in this election and in previous elections
  • reasons for not voting
  • attitudes to parties and leaders
  • attitudes to the economy and the parties best able to address economic issues
  • attitudes to Europe
  • attitudes to the status of NI
  • importance of selected issues to the NI electorate
  • satisfaction with the performance of the Government
  • level of contact with parties prior to the election

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: May 2010
Country: Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Northern Ireland Assembly Constituencies
Wards (Electoral)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adult residents (18 and older) in Northern Ireland, May 2010
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Number of units: 994 adults
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 27 August 2010
Copyright: Copyright J. Tonge
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch


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