North and South: What do Irish people think about reunification?

Voters in the north and the Republic of Ireland would welcome a referendum on a United Ireland.

A straightforward binary question would yield a resounding yes on this side of the border, and an emphatic no from the six counties.

That result is clear from a two polls carried out in both jurisdictions by Ipsos for The Irish Times.

But the wide-ranging research shows the Republic’s commitment to a United Ireland is wide but not deep. More than a third say they would be less likely to vote yes if reunification meant sacrificing the tricolour or Amhrán na bhFhiann. Some respondents are concerned about the potential for violence.

Today Pat Leahy tells Aideen Finnegan what the research tells us about attitudes to a United Ireland - and which arguments those for and against it must win.

North and South is a collaboration between The Irish Times and ARINS, which is a joint research project of the Royal Irish Academy and the Keough-Naughton Centre for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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