Northern Ireland Social Attitudes and Life and Times Combined Dataset, 1989-2009

  • L. Dowds (Creator)
  • Ian McAllister (Creator)
  • P. Devine (Creator)
  • Bernadette Hayes (Creator)



The Northern Ireland Social Attitudes and Life and Times Combined Dataset, 1989-2004 is a derived dataset providing information on social attitudes in Northern Ireland, focusing mainly on community relations and political issues, and allowing analysis across time. It pools data from the following four sources:
Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Surveys, 1989-1996 (NISA) (held at the UK Data Archive under GN 33235. This series finished in 1996.)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) (held at the Archive under GN 33312. This dataset uses data from the 1998-2009 surveys, but the NILT series is still ongoing.)
Northern Ireland Referendum and Election Study, 1998 (held under SN 5442)
Northern Ireland Assembly Election Study, 2003 (held under SN 5394)

Further information about the combined dataset, including some tables of results and links to other surveys not held at the Archive are available on the ARK Surveys Online (SOL) Community Relations and Political Attitudes, 1989-2009 web pages.

No specific documentation exists for this dataset. Users are advised to consult the original documentation for the NISA and NILT series, and to check the ARK web pages.

The first edition of this study contained data from 1989-2004. For the second edition (August 2010), data from 2005-2009 have been added.

Main Topics:Topics covered include social, political and religious issues and attitudes, associated discrimination and inequality, community relations, and demographic details.

Copyright P. Devine and L. Dowds. Copyright of the original NISA data rests with National Centre for Social Research, and copyright of the original NILT data with ARK
Date made available19 Aug 2010
PublisherUK Data Service
Date of data productionJan 1989 - Dec 2009
Geographical coverageNorthern Ireland

Funder and Grant Reference number

  • Other
  • Nuffield Fundation
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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