Poll: Most in Northern Ireland Want to Remain Part of Britain

Thursday, 07 Feb 2013 03:20 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

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BELFAST — The majority of residents in Northern Ireland want the country to remain part of the United Kingdom, according to a new BBC poll.
 
The survey of more than 1,000 people, conducted for the BBC Spotlight program, found 65 percent would vote for Northern Ireland to keep its British ties, while only 17 percent would vote for a united Ireland.

Another 12 percent indicated they would not vote at all.

The poll also revealed also that more Catholics — 38 per cent — would vote for Northern Ireland to remain the same while 35 per cent would vote for unification.

Among Protestants, 92 percent would vote for no change, with only 2 percent wanting a united Ireland.

The poll is the first conducted since Gerry Adams, president of Sinn FĂ©in, called for a vote on a united Ireland, the Irish Times reports.

According to the BBC, the British and Irish governments have both said they don't believe the border poll should be held now.

If Northern Ireland did opt out of the United Kingdom, it would join the Republic of Ireland.

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