Daily Ireland leads today with the headline: DUP, SF surge on. There has been a certain amount of misreading of the Pottinger result as a poke in the eye for Sinn Fein (they actually picked up 75% of the Short Strand vote), yet the overall pattern of voting has much more subtle message for the party.
Whilst the Protestant middle classes are clearly being wooed by the new DUP’s advances to them, Sinn Fein appear to be approaching a glass sealing. It can be seen in this graphic from today’s Irish News: the DUP’s surge amounts to an increase of 8%, whilst the Sinn Fein advance is limited to 3%.
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