The problem of flags is not a new one. In 1964, in an incident that was the opening act to the years of violence that followed, riots broke out in Divis Street at the bottom of the Falls Road when an Irish tricolour was removed from the election offices of a republican group.

In every single year since then flags and emblems have provided one form of controversy or another in Northern Ireland. It is now more than fifty years since that first clash and we seem to be no closer to a resolution to the underlying issues.

One of the usual questions in any poll is what political party you plan to vote for at the next election - and our recent BIG60 Poll was no exception.

You may have seen in previous reviews of our NI-Wide October BIG60 (i.e. 60 Hours) online poll that we received a whopping 2,642 responses, and after data auditing (eliminating duplicates etc.) we considered 2,517 in terms of the final results and analysis. All responses were balanced and weighted to be reflective of Northern Ireland as a whole.