More and more young people are identifying as Northern Irish, according to a new survey.
The LucidTalk poll for the Belfast Telegraph also showed that older people are more likely to see themselves as British.
It comes ahead of the release of the 2021 census results. The first results, released in May, put the population of Northern Ireland at 1.903 million.
The LucidTalk survey asked a number of people what nationality they identify themselves as, or what national group they place themselves in.
Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, people born in Northern Ireland are free to identify as British, Irish, both or neither. They are also entitled to hold British and Irish citizenship and British and Irish passports.
Overall, 37% of respondents said they were British, compared to 30% who considered themselves Irish and 18% who said they were Northern Irish.
Around 9% said they were both British and Northern Irish and 3% considered themselves Irish and Northern Irish.
The statistics showed significant differences in relation to age.
Around 50% of people aged 65 and over identify themselves as British, compared to just 14% of people aged 18-24.
Among the 25 to 44 year olds it was 31% and among the 45 to 64 year olds it was 61%.
A survey by the Belfast Telegraph last year found that 17% of those aged 18-24 considered themselves British, compared to 51% of those aged 65 and over, meaning that a growing number of young people not considered more elderly than Brits do.
Of those who identified themselves as Irish in the most recent poll, the majority were aged between 18 and 24 (41%), compared with just 17% of those aged 65 and over.
Around 36% of 25-44 year olds considered themselves Irish, as did 29% of 45-64 year olds.
Of those who self-identified as Northern Irish, almost a third (31%) – the largest group – were aged between 18 and 24.
Around 20% of people of retirement age and over said they were Northern Irish, compared with 18% of those aged 25-44 and 15% of those aged 45-64.
The Northern Irish designation had the widest gender gap, with 22% of women defining their nationality in this way compared to 15% of men.
Of the people who self-identified as British, 37% were women and 39% were men. For those who identify as Irish, the figures were 28% and 31%, respectively.
Around 8% of those who identified themselves as British and Northern Irish were women, compared to 10% of men.
Only 2% of people saw themselves as British and Irish, and 1% said they were of another European nationality such as English or Scottish.
A census is conducted every 10 years and participation is compulsory.
While the full results of the latest census have yet to be released, there has been speculation that Catholics or people of Catholic background will outnumber their Protestant counterparts for the first time.
The 2011 census put the population of Northern Ireland at 1,810,900. It turned out that Catholics or people raised in the Catholic religion made up 45.1% of the population, 48.4% were Protestant or of Protestant background.
Census results relating to religious identity, national identity, passport ownership, country of birth and sexual orientation will be released later this year.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/growing-number-of-young-people-now-see-themselves-as-northern-irish-new-poll-reveals-41925147.html A growing number of young people now see themselves as Northern Irish, a new poll shows