Statistical Bulletins: Indicator 31 and Indicator 35

Date published: 04 October 2018

These statistical bulletins present data on and facilitate monitoring of population indicators informing Outcome 9 of The Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19: ‘We are a shared, welcoming and confident society that respects diversity’. All figures are 2017 unless otherwise stated.

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1. Indicator 31: Percentage (%) of the population who think all leisure centres, parks, libraries and shopping centres are ‘shared and open’ to both Protestants and Catholics.

70% of all respondents think all facilities in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Protestants and Catholics.  This is a significant increase (of eight percentage points) since 2016.

  • 72% of female respondents and 65% of male respondents believe that all facilities in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Protestants and Catholics.
  • 65% of Catholic respondents; 75% of Protestant respondents; and 69% of respondents of ‘other’ religions, believe that all facilities in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Protestants and Catholics.
  • The age group with the lowest proportion who think that all facilities in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Protestants and Catholics is 18-24 year olds (60%); the age group with the highest proportion who think this is 65 years and over (74%).

2. Indicator 35:  Percentage (%) of the population who believe their cultural identity is respected by society

66% of respondents believe their cultural identity is respected by society.  This is a significant decrease (of six percentage points) since 2016.

  • 69% of female respondents and 63% of male respondents believe their cultural identity is respected by society.
  • 67% of Catholic respondents said they believe their cultural identity is respected by society; 68% of Protestant respondents said this; and 62% of those with ‘other’ religions. 
  • Across the age groups, those aged 18-24 were least likely to report that they believe their cultural identity is respected by society (62%); with 73% of those aged 65 years and over of this opinion.

The report is available on the Executive Office Statistics and Research Branch section of The Executive Office website.

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

Colleen Crawford – Assistant Statistician
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Room E4.03 | Castle Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR
Email: colleen.crawford@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9052 3289

Notes to editors: 

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

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