The British apologists of the Irish news media, led by a coterie of decrepit newspaper columnists, have claimed for decades that, “…no one wants a united Ireland“. Indeed, they have never wavered from the belief that a referendum on reunification would be certain to fail, rejected by an overwhelming majority of voters in “the South“. Unfortunately for the purveyors of partition every public opinion poll for the last forty years has shown a clear majority in favour of reuniting the country. Of course, like the Tea Party movement in the United States or the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom, the negationists have chosen to ignore or dismiss those facts which contradict their own (however fictional the latter may be). So it must have come as an unpleasant surprise for many of that persuasion to view the results of the latest survey of Irish attitudes to reunification. From RED C Research:
“RED C interviewed a random sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ by telephone
between the 25th – 27th July 2016.
Interviews were conducted across the country and the results weighted to the profile of all adults. A further past vote weighting is included that takes the recall for how people voted at the last election and weights this to the exact result at the last election.
Vote intention results are based on those who will actually go and vote, using a 10 point scale, where 1 is not at all likely and 10 is very likely, those rating 4 to 10 are included as being those who will actually go and vote.
Interesting results show 2 in 3 (65%) would vote in favour of a united Ireland if a referendum were to be held tomorrow. A similar poll conducted by RED C in 2010 for the Sunday Times showed support at 57%, showing an increase of 8% support in 6 years.
Support is lower in Dublin at 56%, however aside form this is high across most demographics. Particularly so amongst those aged 55-64 (70%), C2DE (69%), Fianna Fáil (71%) and Sinn Féin (79%). Perhaps a little surprising is that, although high, Sinn Féin has not returned an even higher level of support for a united Ireland.”
No doubt this weekend will witness several “journalists” and “authors” taking to the airwaves and newspaper columns to chastise the Irish people on their blatant rejection of the wisdom of their betters.
Meanwhile the unionist-leaning Belfast Telegraph newspaper has taken the unusual step of dismissing its own, much heralded online poll on the question of a reunification plebiscite in the north-east of the island. Apparently the editorial team were expecting their pro-UK readership to give a definitive no to such a referendum and even more so to a reunited Ireland. Unfortunately for them nearly 50,000 respondents had a different idea.
“While the results of the Belfast Telegraph’s online border poll may have appeared startling with an overwhelming majority voting for reunification, a leading Northern Ireland pollster has warned that they need to be seen for what they are – just a bit of fun.
Following numerous calls from Irish political leaders for a border poll, we decided to ask the readers of our website if it was time for such a vote.
And thousands took up the call from right across Northern Ireland and beyond.
At the last count 47,540 votes were cast with 74% saying there should be a border poll.
And on the second question of what way people would vote 70% opted for a united Ireland.
Interestingly not as many voted in favour of a united Ireland as want a border poll. Indicating possibly that some want the questioned settled rather than a change to the current set up.”
But if the poll is a bit of fun and not to be taken seriously how can the article claim that some of it is indicative of anything? Unless of course a different expected result was to be given a very different interpretation.