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Northern Ireland General Election Survey, 2015

Title details

SN: 7523
Title: Northern Ireland General Election Survey, 2015
Alternative title: The 2015 Northern Ireland General Election Survey: Measuring Political Change in a Power-Sharing Polity
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7523-1
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
Data collector(s): Social Market Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: ES/L007320/1


The citation for this study is:

Tonge, J. (2016). Northern Ireland General Election Survey, 2015. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7523,

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The study builds on a series of post general elections surveys conducted in Northern
Ireland. In 2010 a similar survey was conducted, the (held under SN 6553), also known as the Westminster Election in Northern Ireland Survey. Essentially the 2015 study provides an opportunity to monitor electoral trends as well as elicit public opinion on a range of contemporary social and political issues relevant to Northern Ireland.

The objectives of the 2015 study were to assess the following:
  • how the electorate voted in Northern Ireland;
  • voting behaviour and party choices;
  • voting patterns within a sectarian divide;
  • voting and 'normal' political concerns (e.g. health, etc.);
  • perception of political parties and political leaders;
  • views on devolving powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive;
  • Views on post-conflict issues; and
  • views on 'dissident' groups.
The dataset contains the views of a representative sample of 1,810 electors across Northern Ireland's 18 parliamentary constituencies on a wide range of electoral, political and religious attitudes, based upon interviews with these electors conducted within the six weeks immediately following the 2015 General Election.

Further information about the study can be found on the Research Councils UK Gateway to Research The 2015 Northern Ireland general election survey: measuring political change in a power-sharing polity award webpage.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 08 May 2015 - 24 June 2015
Country: Northern Ireland
Spatial units: Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 18+ living in Northern Ireland during 2015.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 1,810 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting variable in data.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 21 April 2016
Copyright: Copyright J. Tonge
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Basic Frequencies 7523_basic_frequencies.pdf 4458
Consent Form 7523_consent_form.pdf 601
Final Questionnaire 7523_final_questionnaire.pdf 1030
Information Sheet 7523_information_sheet.pdf 505
Readme File as Deposited 7523_readme_deposit_version.pdf 212
Readme File for Screen View 7523_readme_screenview.pdf 588
Technical Report 7523_technical_report.pdf 726
Variable Description as Deposited 7523_variable_description_deposit_version.pdf 211
Variable Description for Screenview 7523_variable_description_screenview.pdf 643
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7523_Information.htm 6
READ File read7523.htm 10


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