Study shows pro-unionist Protestants aged under 40 turned off by ultra-conservative attitudes on gay rights and abortion

Younger pro-union Protestant voters in Northern Ireland are increasingly turned off unionist politicians due to their parties’ social conservatism on issues such as gay rights and abortion, according to a post-election survey.

While support among Protestants aged under 40 for staying in the UK remains solid at 82%, a majority of them no longer vote in elections for the Northern Ireland assembly or Westminster.

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