Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sorry is hardest word for Martin

The most striking feature of the latest Behaviour and Attitudes poll is the sharp rise in support for Sinn Fein. This will prompt speculation about radical changes in the political landscape. But the results should be addressed with caution.

A careless glance at the poll, published yesterday in the 'Sunday Times', would suggest that Sinn Fein owes its spectacular new standing of 25pc to gains from Fianna Fail. A second glance shows up that interpretation as misleading.

It is valid only in comparison with the last Behaviour and Attitudes poll on December 18. When one compares it with the vote at the general election a year ago, one sees a different picture.

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