Northern Ireland

Poll reveals increase in support for Sinn Féin, DUP and Alliance

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Support for Sinn Féin, DUP and Alliance has increased, according to a new poll.

Sinn Féin remains the largest party in Northern Ireland, up two points to 31 per cent.

The poll also reveals that the DUP is up one point to 26 per cent, while Alliance has increased its support by two points to 15 per cent.

But the survey, carried out by LucidTalk for the Belfast Telegraph, also shows a decline in support for the SDLP, UUP and TUV.

The UUP is down one point to 10 per cent, while the SDLP is also down one point to an all-time low of six per cent.

The poll of 2,950 people, which was carried out between August 11-14, also shows that the TUV is down two points to five per cent.

The Greens and Aontu remain unchanged on two per cent, as is People Before Profit on one per cent.

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill remains the most popular political leader in Northern Ireland, according to the poll.

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It found that 43 per cent said she is doing a good or great job, with Alliance leader Naomi Long in second place (38 per cent).

UUP leader Doug Beattie was the third most popular (34 per cent) followed by the SDLP's Colum Eastwood (26 per cent).

The DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson received 24 per cent support, ahead of Jim Allister of the TUV on 23 per cent.