Post-poll public opinion
We conduct public opinion surveys following elections. These are intended to measure attitudes towards voting and monitor and understand the public’s experience of voting at each election.
For the full results and datasets for all of our public opinion research please refer to our research report library.
March 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election
Fieldwork dates: our post poll surveys are designed to capture opinion directly after an electoral event. The Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on 2 March 2017, fieldwork ran from 3 to 16 March.
Mode: 1,000 telephone interviews among adults aged 18 and above were conducted across Northern Ireland. Quotas for age, gender, socio-economic grouping and geographic area were applied.
Overall, the results suggest that voters have a positive view of the electoral process: 86% were confident that the poll was run and 87% said that they are satisfied with the procedure of voting in elections in Northern Ireland. This is however a slight decrease on the high of 2016.
While 82% said they are satisfied with the process of registering to vote there is a clear appetite for a move to online electoral registration. In total 77% agreed that you should be able to register to vote online, with 59% saying they strongly agreed.
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May 2016 and the EU Referendum
In 2016 we conducted a public opinion survey following the May election and following the June referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
Fieldwork dates: In May polls were held on 5 May, fieldwork ran from the 6 May to the 28 May. In June fieldwork began on the 24 June, the day after the poll, and was completed on 14 July.
Mode: In both May and June the polls were conducted by telephone. The sample comprised landline and mobile telephone numbers.
Satisfaction with the registration system is high with close to 9 in 10 saying they are satisfied with the process for getting their name on the electoral register. Satisfaction with the general process for voting is similarly high, overall 84% said they were satisfied with the procedures for voting in elections and referendums.
Across the 2016 polls, the vast majority said they found it easy to access information on how to cast your vote. Information on candidates was considered harder to access, particularly for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
|% saying it was easy to access information on...||How to cast your vote||What the election was for||Information on the candidates standing|
|Northern Ireland Assembly||89%||87%||82%|
|Greater London Authority||83%||84%||79%|
|National Assembly for Wales||81%||78%||75%|
|English local elections||80%||71%||61%|
|Police and Crime Commissioners*||58% (+11)||38% (+8)||33% (+12)|
*Showing change from 2012 for the PCCs, comparable data not available for the other polls
In June, many reported finding it difficult to access 'enough information' on what would happen in the event of a Remain or a Leave vote, particularly what would happen in the event of a Leave vote. In addition, over half of respondents (53%) disagreed that the referendum campaigns were conducted in a fair and balanced way.
The vast majority believe that voting is safe from fraud and abuse, specifically voting in a polling station were 89% in May and 85% in June said that voting was safe. The perception that postal voting is more susceptible to fraud and abuse persists with 57% in May and 61% in June saying they thought it was safe.
For the full results and datasets for all of our public opinion research please refer to our research report library