More than four out five Irish Americans surveyed think very favorably about taking a vacation in Ireland, an exclusive survey shows in what is good news for Irish tourism authorities and airlines.

Meanwhile, in terms of things they fear about Ireland and what they are concerned about for relatives there, unemployment, financial strain and Brexit are the three biggest challenges.

The most important things that draw them to their heritage are Irish history (86%), genealogy (78%), culture (75%) and music (71%). At the other end of the scale, only one percent follow Irish sport.

IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and University College Dublin Clinton Institute surveyed 3,100 Irish American readers of IrishCentral using Amárach, Ireland's leading polling research firm. The online poll featured 52 questions and took approximately 15 minutes to complete. Readers were sampled over three days.

Below are some preliminary results with more to come next week:

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means  an unfavorable feeling and 10 is a very favorable feeling; and 5 means either/or, How do you feel towards the following;

Question 19 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 19 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

What are your biggest 3 concerns about Ireland and your friends or family living in Ireland?

Question 20 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 20 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Would you ever consider studying in Ireland or sending a son or daughter to Ireland to study?

Question 21a results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 21a results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Would you ever consider sending a son or daughter to Ireland to study?

Question 21b results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 21b results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

If yes, why would you consider education in Ireland for them?

Question 21c results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 21c results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Are you an Irish speaker?

Question 22 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 22 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Have you ever attended Irish speaking classes while in America, in order to learn, improve your Irish or out of interest.

Question 23 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 23 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Which, if any, of the following aspects of your Irish identity are you most interested in? Tick all that apply.

Question 24 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 24 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Have you or either of your parents ever participated in Irish/step dancing while in America? Tick all that apply. 

Question 25 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 25 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Do you consider yourself to be:

Question 26 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Question 26 results from the IrishCentral, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, and UCD Clinton Institute survey carried out by Amárach.

Would you agree with these findings? Let us know your thought in the comments section. 

The preliminary results of our reader survey show a massive four out five Irish Americans surveyed think very favorably about taking a vacation in Ireland. iStock