Published Tuesday, 01 May 2012
The survey was carried out by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. (© Getty)
Fifty-three per cent agreed that there should be more options available, 20% disagreed and 26% neither agreed nor disagreed.
Eighty-one per cent of respondents believed pupils should be able to choose it as a school subject if they wish.
Eight per cent disagreed and 10% neither agreed nor disagreed.
The survey 'Public attitudes towards the Irish language in Northern Ireland 2012' was carried out by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
The St Andrews Agreement of October 2006 committed the Westminister Government to introduce an Irish Language Act based on the experience of Wales and Ireland.
They also committed to working with the Executive to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language.
Just over half of those surveyed, 52%, believed that it is important Northern Ireland does not lose its Irish language traditions while 26% disagreed and 22% neither agreed nor disagreed.
However, the same percentage (52%) felt that the language was not important to personal identity while 49% believed it to be important to the region's culture.
Forty-one per cent believed the language should be supported and encouraged throughout Northern Ireland while 35% disagreed and 23% neither agreed or disagreed.
Just over half of all respondents thought that Irish should be offered as an option on documents, leaflets and notices where other languages are offered.