-5% May 11, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The DUP won 29.2 per cent of the vote compared to 24 per cent for Sinn Féin. Where DUP leader Arlene Foster will be happier is that she held her 38 seats, and her party just dropped its vote by 0.8 per cent, whereas Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness saw Sinn Féin lose a seat and its vote drop by 2.9 per cent.
The UUP took 12.6 per cent of the vote, the SDLP 12 per cent and Alliance 7 per cent. The UUP vote was down 0.7 per cent, the SDLP down 2.2 per cent and Alliance down 0.7 per cent.
Overall, the Sinn Féin and SDLP vote was down by 5.1 per cent.
And actual votes were lower this time around than five years ago too.
Moriarty suggests that:
Part of it may be to do with a perception among some nationalists that Sinn Féin, in endorsing the Fresh Start Agreement, signed up to British government welfare cuts. It could also have to do with a more general disenchantment with the stop-start-stalled Stormont politics of recent years. It could be younger people of a Catholic background not being so caught up with Orange-Green politics.
Even if that latter is so then there doesn’t appear to be an equal shift in unionist voters, does there? Combined the DUP and UUP lost barely 1.5% on last time. What does that tell us?
And that variation is equally intriguing. I’ve been looking for transfers, anyone know a site that has them?