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Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2007

Title details

SN: 5892
Title: Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2007
Alternative title: NILT
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5892-1
Series: Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey [Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1998-]
Depositor: Devine, P., Queen's University of Belfast. School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Principal investigator(s): Devine, P., Queen's University of Belfast. School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Data collector(s): Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Northern Ireland. Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
National Centre for Social Research
Grant number: RES-000-22-2063; RES-000-22-1938; RES-060-23-0015
Other acknowledgements: Lizanne Dowds, of the Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive (ARK), for funding proposals and questionnaire design; Karen Trew and John Kremer, both of the Queen's University Belfast, for questionnaire design (identity module); Orla Muldoon, of the University of Limerick, for questionnaire design (identity module); Robin Wilson and Elizabeth Meehan, both of Queen's University Belfast, for questionnaire design (political attitudes and role of government modules); NatCen for questionnaire design (political attitudes module).


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Devine, P. (2008). Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2007. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5892,

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Subject Categories

Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


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The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) series began in 1998, and was the successor to the previous Northern Ireland Social Attitudes series, (held at the UK Data Archive under SN 33235), which was discontinued in 1996. The aims of the NILT series are:
  • to monitor public attitudes towards social policy and political issues in Northern Ireland
  • to provide a time series on attitudes to key social policy areas
  • to facilitate academic social policy analysis
  • to provide a freely available resource on public attitudes for the wider community of users in Northern Ireland
NILT originally had a companion series which also began in 1998, the Young Life and Times Survey (YLT) (see under SN 33313), although the YLT methodology changed in 2003. NILT also forms part of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), although it does not do so every year. Unfortunately, the NILT team were unable to obtain full funding to run NILT in 2011, though YLT ran as normal that year. NILT resumed in 2012 - see SN 7408. In addition, two open access teaching datasets were created from NILT 2012, one covering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and the other covering politics and good relations (see SNs 7546 and 7547 respectively).

Further information about the NILT series may be found on the ARK (Access Research Knowledge) NILT webpages.

Main Topics:
The 2007 NILT survey covered:
  • community relations
  • attitudes to minority ethnic people and migrant workers
  • identity
  • political attitudes
  • public services
  • role of government
  • background information on the respondents

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 2007 - January 2008
Country: Northern Ireland
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Northern Irish adults
Adults aged 18 or over, living in private households in Northern Ireland during 2007
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Number of units: 1,179 cases.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 28 July 2008
Copyright: Copyright Access Research Knowledge (ARK) Northern Ireland
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
Contact: Get in touch


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User Guide 5892userguide.pdf 2392
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5892_Information.htm 19
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By principal investigator(s):
Publications based on NILT, including the Research Updates series and other downloadable items in Acrobat PDF format, are available on the Publications page on the ARK web site.

Books in the Social attitudes in Northern Ireland series contain chapters based on different aspects of NILT research:

Gray, A.M. et al. (2002) Social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the eighth report, London: Pluto Press.

Lloyd, K. et al. (2004) Social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the ninth report, London: Pluto Press.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Curtice, J., Devine, P. and Ormston, R. (2013) 'Devolution: identities and constitutional preferences across the UK', in A. Park, C. Bryson, E. Clery, J. Curtice and M. Phillips (eds.), British Social Attitudes: 30th Report, London: NatCen Social Research. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from



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