Northern Ireland: Heatmap of attitudes to necessities by groups, 2011

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Is there a consensus among different groups in Northern Ireland as to what items and activities are necessities? This table looks at attitudes to the adult and child items and activities looking at the views of the whole sample and different groups within the Northern Ireland survey in 2011. 

In the left hand column adult items and activities are shaded dark grey and child ones light grey. Colour gradients have been applied to the other columns to reflect the percentage of each group that thinks that item is ‘necessary’ going from red for 100% support to green for 0%. So where 100% think an item is ‘necessary’ it is shaded deep red; this gradually changes through orange to yellow to green as the percentages decline; and is the deepest green when 0% think the item is a necessity. So looking at the table as a whole, the more uniform the shading across all groups, the more agreement there is between different groups. Outriders stand out because they are coloured differently (more red if a higher proportion in the group think the item a necessity and more green if a lower proportion do).

The second column gives the views of the overall sample; the other columns of various groups within the NI including, among others, men and women, old and young, and Catholics and Protestants.  By comparing any particular group with the views of the whole sample you can see any item or activity which that group thinks to be a necessity but not the sample overall and vica versa.

You can sort the table by the preferences of the overall sample or by any of the groups. This enables you to see items and activities where the views of the chosen group are different from other groups.

You can also choose to look at items and activities that just apply to adults and those that just apply to children. And you can filter by category which includes items and activities and also a range of other types such as food, clothing and social (some items and activities are in more than one of these catgeories).

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Adult Items and Activities
Child Items and Activities
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Source: PSE NI, Necessities of life survey, 2011


The results of the Northern Ireland Necessities of Life survey in 2011 show a remarkable degree of consensus across most social groups. For a full analysis of these results see PSE working paper, anlaysisis series No.1, The Necessities of Life, by Grace Kelly, Mike Tomlinson et al.

Survey details

The necessities of life survey was carried out in Northern Ireland in February 2011 by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) in Northern Ireland. The sample size was 1,109 households. The results accurate to + or – 3% at a 95% confidence level. 

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