Six in 10 people here and eight out of 10 in the Irish Republic believe that the UK should not proceed with Brexit if it means a hard border in Ireland, according to a cross-border survey.
The survey was jointly commissioned by BBC NI’s Nolan Live and RTE’s Claire Byrne Live programmes, which broadcast the results simultaneously last night.
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Over 1,000 adults aged 18 or over were surveyed here, and another 1,000 adults in the Republic.
The findings indicated that a clear majority of those who responded in Northern Ireland and the Republic believe the UK should not proceed with Brexit if it means a hard border.
In Northern Ireland, 61% of respondents answered no to a question about whether the UK should proceed with Brexit in the event of a deal including a hard border.
Just over a third (36%) here supported Brexit going forward even in the event of a hard border, while 3% were undecided.
In the Republic, the balance was even more decisively set against leaving in the event of a hard border, with some 83% saying they would oppose going forward with leaving the EU in this scenario.
Just one in 10 said the process should carry on even in the event of a hard border.
However, 7% of respondents in the south were undecided.
Meanwhile, some 62% of respondents in Northern Ireland said they believe Brexit makes a united Ireland a more likely possibility – a view shared by just over a third (35%) of respondents in the Republic.
But 11% of respondents here believed it made a united Ireland less likely, with nearly a quarter (24%) saying it wouldn’t make a difference and 3% saying they didn’t know.
In the Republic, nearly a third (32%) said they felt Brexit would make a united Ireland less likely, while 22% said Brexit would not make it more or less likely, and 11% said they didn’t know.
The statistics also gave an insight into people’s perceptions of how Brexit would affect their own financial situation.
Over half (55%) of respondents in Northern Ireland said they feared they would be worse off, with 9% saying they felt they would be better off and 7% saying they didn’t know.
In addition, 29% responded by saying they thought Brexit would make no difference to their finances.
In the Republic of Ireland, just over a third (34%) of respondents believed they’d be worse off due to Brexit, with 2% believing they’d be better off and 44% saying it would make no difference.
But a fifth (20%) of respondents in the Republic were unsure how Brexit would affect their financial situation.
The survey also dealt with attitudes towards holding a second Brexit referendum.
In Northern Ireland, the survey showed that in the event of a UK and EU deal on the terms of Brexit, 58% of respondents believed there should be a second referendum.
In contrast, 38% of people said there should not be a second Brexit referendum in these circumstances, while 4% were undecided.
However, in the Republic, over three quarters (77%) of people felt a second referendum would be needed in this case, with just 14% saying no and 9% undecided.