Since Slugger began, over four years ago, people have been playing the ‘pick the successor to the Doc’ game. Well, the Hearts and Minds poll seems to have given us the first reliable data as to what the party’s support actually thinks. Surely the most unexpected result is the high placing (25.5%)of Ian Junior in the ratings far ahead of the long fancied number two contender to the party’s deputy Peter Robinson (who looks relatively comfortable on 33.1%), Nigel Dodds. In fact, Dodds at 10.6% comes well behind Jeffrey Donaldson, who scores a credible 20.1%.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty