EM Ireland EU Poll 2024

In 2024, Amárach Research was commissioned by EM Ireland to undertake research on attitudes to the EU across the island of Ireland. This work builds on previous research commissioned by EM Ireland. This is the second time that the poll was conducted in Northern Ireland. The first time was in June 2023. Before 2023, previous waves of research were carried out for EM Ireland by Red C.

This research programme was built around a nationally representative sample of 1200 people in both jurisdictions. The survey data collection was undertaken online, and the data was collected and analysed on Amárach’s VoxCo platform. The two surveys ran simultaneously in both locations. Fieldwork dates were 26 – 28 March 2024. The questionnaire was similar in both jurisdictions.

Check out the poll findings the booklet below

Key Findings

  • Although the vast majority in both ROI 84% and NI 76% believe the Republic of Ireland should remain a member of the EU, there is a slight decline in support since the 2023 survey was conducted.
  • The 2024 results indicate a significant decline in agreement that the EU is moving in the right direction. This decline is evident in both jurisdictions with 49% think that the EU is moving in the right direction ROI (vs 58% in 2023). There is also an increase to 24% thinking that the EU is not moving in the right direction (vs 15% in 2023).
  • In NI 49% think that the EU is moving in the right direction (vs 58% in 2023) and 33% think that the EU is not moving in the right direction (vs 28% in 2023)
  • Nearly half of respondents in both jurisdictions believe that the EU’s performance is strongest in the area of Trade 46% in ROI and 55% in NI.
  • This was followed by the Environment 10% in ROI and 12% in NI. A similar proportion in both jurisdictions believe that the EU’s performance is weakest in the area of Migration 46% in ROI and 44% in NI.
  • Overall, the majority in ROI 55% do not believe there will be a united Ireland in the EU in the next 10 years versus 58% in last year’s poll.
  • Opinion is more divided on this issue in NI 47% believe there will be a united Ireland, 43% believe there won’t be and 10% don’t know.
  • More than half 57% in both jurisdictions support more countries joining the EU.
  • Satisfaction with the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is low overall. In ROI one third 33% are satisfied, 47% are dissatisfied and 19% don’t know. The outcome is similar in NI 37% are satisfied, 49% are dissatisfied and 14% don’t know.
  • Satisfaction with the EU’s response to the Israel-Gaza conflict is even lower. In ROI, 1 in 5 19% are satisfied, two-thirds 64% are dissatisfied and 18% don’t know. The outcome is similar in NI 14% are satisfied, 72% are dissatisfied and 13% don’t know.
  • A majority now agree that Ireland should invest more in its defence and security cooperation with the EU 56% agree in ROI and 54% in NI. This is an increase of 7% from the 2023 figure at 49%.
  • There appears to be a growing lack of trust of political institutions in both ROI and NI. In ROI, while 34% trust the Irish Government the most, 26% trust the EU the most and 40% trust neither of these institutions.
  • In NI 28% trust the EU the most, 24% trust the Irish Government the most, 8% trust the UK Government and 8% trust the Northern Ireland Executive. However, nearly one third 31% trust none of these institutions.

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