12/02/2010

SF Taking Poll Position

A survey published in today's Belfast Telegraph has suggested that Sinn Féin could become the largest political party in Northern Ireland.

The poll of 1,080 adults was carried out by Inform Communications over a five day period following last week's deal between the DUP and Sinn Féin at Hillsborough Castle. Respondents were asked who they would vote for if an Assembly election was held.

Of those intending to vote, 21% said they would most likely support Sinn Féin. The DUP was the second most popular party with 18%, leading the Ulster Unionist Party by 3%. The SDLP had 13%, followed by the Alliance party at 7%.
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The hardline Traditional Unionist Voice party registered 6% support, with both the PUP and the Green Party on 3%.

The Belfast Telegraph poll also indicated strong support within the unionist community for a pact between the DUP and the UUP.

It said that 63% of Protestant respondents said that the Ulster Unionists were wrong to dismiss an electoral link-up with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Some 35% of those surveyed said recent political events had made them more likely not to vote. A further 27% said they were now more likely to support a different party, while 14% gave no indication of their voting intentions.

The poll has triggered speculation of a future political crisis in Northern Ireland, if Martin McGuinness becomes First Minister, sparking mass resignations among unionsits.

(BMcC/GK)

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