Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Majority 'unhappy' with Assembly

Three quarters of people feel the system of devolved government needs to improve, according to a survey

Three-quarters of people in Northern Ireland feel the system of devolved government needs to improve, a survey has revealed.

A public attitudes survey commissioned by the Assembly found just a quarter of people were satisfied with its work.

Interest in the legislature among people in Northern Ireland is low.

The report said: "There is however significantly more interest in local issues and people also feel considerably more knowledgeable about these issues."

Around two out of five of those asked said they were interested and only a quarter felt that they had some knowledge of the Assembly.

Topics commonly discussed with family and friends including those concerning the work of the Assembly involved crime, education, healthcare and the economy.

The survey added: "Demonstrating the link between the work of the Assembly and its committees, and these local issues could prove useful in helping to increase general public engagement."

The Public Attitude Survey 2009 questioned 1,025 adults last December and January.

It said dissatisfaction with the Assembly outweighed satisfaction; just a quarter (23%) were satisfied and 38% were dissatisfied. The same percentages were satisfied and dissatisfied with the Executive.

Among those who had an interest in the Assembly and who knew about the Assembly, satisfaction increased to 30% for both.

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