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BBC poll finds Protestant support for Parades Commission

Twelth of July Celebrations at Glengormley

Twelth of July Celebrations at Glengormley

More Protestants want to retain the Parades Commission than want to see it abolished, a poll has found.

The poll for BBC Newsline found that 39 per cent of Protestants want to keep the body, with just 24 per cent wanting it abolished and a large percentage – 37 per cent – saying that they had no opinion on the issue.

The IPSOS MORI poll of more than 1,000 people also found that there was considerable cross-community support for flying the Union Flag on designated days.

Among Protestants, 32 per cent supported the idea, while 34 per cent of Catholics backed designated days.

Opinion was much more divided on whether to fly the flag every day – 49 per cent of Protestants said yes but just four per cent of Catholics agreed.

And there was little support for not flying the Union Flag at all – 28 per cent of Catholics backed the idea and just two per cent of Protestants agreed.

The poll also found that 45 per cent of people were against an amnesty for Troubles crimes, with 30 per cent in favour of the proposal.

Opinion was more evenly divided when people were asked if they would support a truth commission in which immunity would be given for those who told the truth about what they did – 38 per cent supported the idea, with 36 per cent against it.

On the Maze peace centre, 39 per cent said that it should have been built, with just 26 per cent saying that it should not go ahead.

But among Protestants there was much less support, with 41 per cent saying that it should not proceed with the proposal.

 

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