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;
What are your biggest 3 concerns about Ireland and your friends or family living in Ireland?
Would you ever consider studying in Ireland or sending a son or daughter to Ireland to study?
Would you ever consider sending a son or daughter to Ireland to study?
If yes, why would you consider education in Ireland for them?
Are you an Irish speaker?
Have you ever attended Irish speaking classes while in America, in order to learn, improve your Irish or out of interest.
Which, if any, of the following aspects of your Irish identity are you most interested in? Tick all that apply.
Have you or either of your parents ever participated in Irish/step dancing while in America? Tick all that apply.
Do you consider yourself to be:
Would you agree with these findings? Let us know your thought in the comments section.