Good Relations Indicators: 2019 Update Report

Date published: 06 November 2019

The Good Relations Indicator report published by The Executive Office today presents a range of statistics relating to community relations, including numbers of hate crimes, attitudinal data on Protestant/Catholic relations and attitudes towards mixing in schools, neighbourhoods and the workplace.

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All figures 2018 unless otherwise stated. The publication monitors indicators for the four key priorities of the T:BUC Strategy: our children and young people; our shared community; our safe community; and, our cultural expression.

Some of the key findings include:

Our Children and Young People

  • 43% of adults and 42% of young people think that relations between Protestants and Catholics are better now than they were five years ago.  These are significant decreases on the corresponding 2017 figures of 49% and 46%.
  • 67% of young people have ‘done projects’ with pupils from other schools; 50% have ‘shared classes’; and 40% ‘shared sports facilities or equipment’.  

Our Shared Community

  • 91% of respondents said they would prefer a mixed religion workplace; 76% a mixed religion neighbourhood; and 68% mixed religion schools.
  • 94% of adults with children at school think that their child’s school is somewhere their children can be open about their cultural identity. This is a significant increase of 4 percentage points since 2017.

Our Safe Community

  • 67% of respondents said that they see town centres as safe and welcoming places for people of all walks of life. This is a significant increase of 6 percentage points since 2017.
  • 92% of respondents say they feel ‘very’ or ‘quite’ safe going to events held in a Protestant secondary school; 91% to events held in a Catholic secondary school; 74% to events held in a GAA club; and 72% to events held in an Orange Hall.

Our Cultural Expression

  • 76% of respondents think that the culture and traditions of Protestant communities add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland society; 71% think this about Catholic communities; and 65% think this about Minority Ethnic communities.
  • Since 2017, there has been a significant decrease in the proportion of adults who feel they have an influence on local decisions (7 percentage point reduction from 26% to 19%) and Northern Ireland decisions (8 percentage point reduction from 24% to 16%).

The report is available on the Executive Office Statistics and Research Branch website at:

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

Graeme Banks – Assistant Statistician
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR

Telephone: 028 9052 3289

Notes to editors: 

Media enquiries to The Executive Office website Press Office on 028 9037 8201. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

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