Wednesday 21 February 2018

Why this is the longest shortest election ever

The RTE General Election debate. Photo: FusionShooters
The RTE General Election debate. Photo: FusionShooters

Brendan o'Connor

While poll coverage tends to focus on the main headlines - the state of the parties etc, there is a lot of fascinating information buried in the detail and the breakdown of polls. Here are some of the interesting things we have found in our opinion polls over the course of this campaign that didn't make the headlines.

In the wake of last week's leaders' debate on RTE, 97pc of the people in the demographic category 'Dads and women of the certain age' believed that the country should be run by a grand coalition of Micheal Martin and Claire Byrne.

Some 84pc of the so-called Millennial generation, which for technical purposes is referred as the demographic: 'Entitled youngsters who go around with their heads stuck in their phones', believe Martin is an Independent candidate. Only 1pc of that demographic could name any other Fianna Fail candidate, and that 1pc were people who were related to Billy Kelleher and the other Michael guy. Some 62pc of those under 35 are not sure who Gerry Adams is. Some of them suspect he might be running for election but 48pc thought he was one of those joke candidates put up by The Sun or someone, to go around scuppering Sinn Fein's chances; 38pc of under-35s think Mary Lou McDonald is Gerry Adams's carer and that Pearse Doherty is some kind of hospital orderly or a helper in Gerry's old folks' home.

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