68% in Northern Ireland want referendum on leaving the UK
68% of people in Northern Ireland want a referendum on whether they stay in the UK or join the Republic of Ireland, according to a new poll.
37% wanted a referendum within the next five years while 31% wanted one further out. Only 29% felt there should never be such a referendum.
The poll by Lucid Talk for the Belfast Telegraph comes after the new SNP-Greens coalition in Scotland agreed to hold a referendum on independence within the next five years, and preferably by the end of 2023.
According to the Northern Ireland poll, 49% supported maintaining the Union, with 42% favouring a united Ireland. A further 9% of participants said they had not yet made up their minds but intended to vote.
The latest Scottish independence poll shows a 3% lead for the ‘No’ side, by 47% to 44%.
While polls in neither Northern Ireland or Scotland show a majority for breaking away, the possibility of referenda in both countries might have an impact on the constitutional debate in Wales.
The latest Welsh independence poll, by Savanta ComRes in April, showed 28% for independence, 57% against and 15% undecided.
The Lucid Talk poll for the Belfast Telegraph was carried out online from August 20 until August 23, with 2,435 responses received.