Thu, 07 Dec 2023

This report presents data on the Respect Index, which measures perceptions of discrimination experienced by individuals in their daily lives. This report brings together data from six years: 2016 - 2021.

Key findings are:

  • 19% (of NILT 2021 survey respondents) felt respected; this is a significant decrease (of 9 percentage points) since 2016.
  • A similar proportion of male respondents (20%) and female respondents (18%) felt respected.
  • Just over one fifth of Protestant respondents (22%) and similar proportions of Catholic respondents (18%) and those from 'other' groups (17%) said they felt respected. These differences were not statistically significant.
  • The age group with the lowest proportion feeling respected was the 25-34 age group (9%); the age group with the highest proportion feeling respected was the 65+ age group (35%) which was significantly higher than all other age groups.
  • 15% of respondents with disabilities and 20% of those without disabilities felt respected. This difference was not statistically significant.

The report is available on the Statistics and Research Branch website at:

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

Dr Jana Ross - Assistant Statistician 
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 2170 

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