General Election

Poll suggests Arlene Foster is 'most untrustworthy and unlikable Northern Ireland party leader'

DUP leader Arlene Foster is the most unliked and untrusted leader in Northern Irish politics according to a tracker poll by LucidTalk.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is the most unliked and untrusted leader in Northern Irish politics, according to a tracker poll by LucidTalk. 

Almost two thirds of participants rated Ms Foster's trustworthiness as "very low/ bad", followed by Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O'Neill with 32 per cent of the vote.

UUP leader Robin Swann drew no strong opinion from participants with 46 per cent saying they felt neutral in regards to his trustworthiness. LucidTalk attributed that in part to him being "relatively new to the UUP leader job" and having "a low profile before that".

At the other end of the spectrum was Alliance leader Naomi Long. Just under two thirds felt she was "moderately high" or "very highly" trustworthy.

Half of participants similarly ranked the SDLP's Colum Eastwood.

The poll was taken by more than 3,400 Northern Ireland residents over the age of 18.

It also asked about leaders' likeability.

Ms Foster came bottom of the pile with 68 per cent rating her likability as "very low/bad".

Ms O'Neill came second again with 33 per cent.

Naomi Long and Colum Eastwood received a high percentage of votes in the "moderately high" and "very high" likability category, with the Alliance leader polling 62 per cent and the SDLP leader 55 per cent.

Four in 10 were unable to form an opinion on Robin Swann.

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