Protestants are slightly more inclined than Catholics to believe the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) acts in a fair and impartial way.
That is according to the latest survey of public attitudes about the PPS, published on Thursday.
The results are based on interviews with 1,020 people from randomly-chosen addresses, carried out during April and May this year.
In response to the question “How confident are you that the PPS provides a fair and impartial prosecution service?”, 71 per cent of Catholics said they were “very or fairly confident”, whilst 73 per cent of Protestants said the same.
Meanwhile, 24 per cent of Protestants said they were either “not very confident”, or “not at all confident”, compared with 23 per cent of Catholics.
However, a glance through the available figures for previous years reveals that the numbers can fluctuate by several per cent, year by year.
For example, in 2015 Catholics were more likely to be “very or fairly confident” in the service’s impartiality (78 per cent Catholics said so, compared to 73 per cent of Protestants).