Human Rights unite Northern Ireland

July 10, 2017

Polling published by the Human Rights Consortium shows massive public support for human rights in Northern Ireland.

The polling commissioned by the Consortium shows that public opinion in Northern Ireland is not only clearly in favour of human rights but that the public also see human rights as a tool to protect the vulnerable and make our society fairer. The polling which was conducted in 2o16 but only now published was part of an omnibus survey which asked members of the public to outline their levels of agreement with a series of questions and statements.

A short infographic below highlights some of the main findings:

ATR Infographic

Director of the Human Rights Consortium Kevin Hanratty welcomed the findings,

The results of the polling clearly articulate and evidence what many of us have known for years from similar polling and work across communities – that Human Rights unite Northern Ireland rather than divide it. Across religions, gender, age and other backgrounds the clear message is that people see human rights as something that adds strength and value to their lives. There was clear support for a renewed focus on human rights here and with current political discussions about human rights becoming bogged down these results show that our politicians could take a leaf out of the publics book. Clearly there is a public desire to utilise human rights as a mechanism to unite our community instead of divide it. The Consortium believes that opportunities such as a Bill of Rights could allow for everyones interests and rights to be protected and that parties should focus on a solution to taking that issue forward first and foremost.’

The Human Rights Consortium has drawn the following key conclusions from the landmark polling data:

The polling was part of the Millward Brown Omnibus Survey carried out in August 2016. The sample consisted of 1016 respondents aged 16 and over carried out in face to face interviews. The more detailed polling results published by the Consortium are available to download below.


Downloadable Resources

Download Attitudes to Human Rights in Northern Ireland : Polling Data

Attitudes to Human Rights in Northern Ireland : Polling Data

A report on public opinion polling on Attitudes to Human Rights in Northern Ireland by the Human Rights Consortium


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