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Take province-bashing survey with a large pinch of salt

Editor's Viewpoint

The survey that says Northern Ireland is one of the worst places to live in the UK should be taken with a pinch of salt. It may have an impressive 26 criteria on which to base its judgment, but is Belfast really the most crime-ridden city in the kingdom, yet one of the most desirable locations in the province?

At best, surveys and polls offer a snapshot of life or opinion. Why did another poll in September say people from Fermanagh and Tyrone were the happiest in the UK?

Remember the general election was supposed to be a close call, according to the pollsters. How wrong were they.

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