Newton Emerson: Rumours of DUP’s demise greatly exaggerated

Newton Emerson: Rumours of DUP’s demise greatly exaggerated

Jeffrey Donaldson’s party has recovered in the polls – and most unusually in Northern Ireland it is possible to refer to polls in the plural. Two separate surveys came out last week, from LucidTalk and Social Market Research (SMR), with their results in general agreement.

They show Sinn Féin stagnant at about 24 per cent, the DUP about five points behind in second place, Alliance a close third at about 18 per cent and the UUP and SDLP fourth and fifth, both in their long-term 12-14 per cent range.

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