DUP get Mori poll boost…

Interesting poll figures from the Belfast Telegraph this morning (not yeat online). Amongst people who said they intended to vote, the DUP leads the field at 25% (-0.5% from ’03), with Sinn Fein behind by just three percent at 22% (-1.5%) The SDLP are at 20% (+3%). But our new advertisers, the UUP (-7%), are suffering at 16%(-9%). The Alliance have gone up from 3.7% in ’03 to a full 9% now. The Greens are already showing a respectable 3%. Though at plus or minus 3% margin of error, these figures should be taken with a modicum of salt. Most noticable is that there would appear to be a one per cent lead of nationalist parties over unionist parties (42%-41%), which if reflected in the poll next week, would would not mean Martin rather than Ian would be the next first minister – (see commenter ? below).

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