Slugger reader survey

Iain Dale is running a survey to see how readers rate various politicians. O’Neill is canvassing a bit.

I’ve done a short one for Slugger, with a couple of questions to see what the reader profile of this blog is, and a similar rating survey on about 50 of our local representatives. Try to answer honestly and not based on your party political preferences – that way we might end up with something useful!

UPDATE – as I haven’t forked out for the pay for account, there is a limit of 100 responses. About 2/3 done now.

UPDATE 2 – results below the fold. A sample of 100 is tiny. That with other factors means, don’t take too much from it. It’s not so much useful as interesting.1. Where are you registered to vote (or, if not registered, where are you normally resident)

Not really important enough to bother publishing. Suffice to say, I’m pleased to see a good spread across Northern Ireland, slightly South and East Belfast heavy (those two being in the top three options in the drop down box. Conclusion – laziness).

2. How often do you read Slugger?

Looks a bit like a Russian Presidential election result

Several times a day 60.8%
Once a day 23.7%
13 or 4 times a week 13.4%
Once a week 2.1%
A few times a month 0%
Quite rarely 0%

3. Which party got your first preference vote in the 2007 Assembly elections?

First figure is the percentage, second is the raw number of respondents

DUP 15.8% 15
Sinn Fein 12.6% 12
UUP 13.7% 13
SDLP 12.6% 12
Alliance 12.6% 12
Independent 0.0% 0
Green 5.3% 5
UKUP 3.2% 3
PUP 2.1% 2
Conservative 2.1% 2
RSF 0.0% 0
SEA 0.0% 0
UKIP 0.0% 0
Other 3.2% 3
Did not vote/Don’t remember 16.8% 16

4. Please rate the performance of following Northern Ireland politicians since devolution in May 2007 on a scale of 1 to 10 where one is very poor and 10 is very good. Be honest and dispassionate!

Placed in rank order – based on 93 responses. I regret including John Barry, it was unfair. I think in certain instances, and he is one, people rated low owing to not having heard of them. That was a mistake on my part. Also this is quite DUP heavy and a little SDLP light.

Margaret Ritchie 7.43
Peter Robinson 6.67
Naomi Long 6.15
David Ford 5.99
Danny Kennedy 5.85
Martin McGuinness 5.71
Ian Paisley 5.54
Nigel Dodds 5.50
Sammy Wilson 5.42
Arlene Foster 5.38
Anna Lo 5.22
William Hay 5.17
Declan O’Loan 5.15
Basil McCrea 5.11
Michael McGimpsey 5.05
Mark Durkan 5.04
Sir Reg Empey 5.03
Jeffrey Donaldson 4.99
Alban Maginness 4.99
John Dallat 4.97
Conor Murphy 4.85
Michelle Gildernew 4.83
John McAllister 4.71
Alasdair McDonnell 4.67
Gregory Campbell 4.66
Tom Elliott 4.62
Fred Cobain 4.60
Stephen Farry 4.56
Lady Hermon 4.46
Alan McFarland 4.46
Alex Maskey 4.43
Eddie McGrady 4.38
Iris Robinson 4.37
Gerry Kelly 4.30
Alex Attwood 4.27
Barry McElduff 4.24
Brian Wilson 4.22
Dawn Purvis 4.21
Michelle McIlveen 4.10
Mitchel McLaughlin 3.99
David McClarty 3.95
Pat Doherty 3.93
David Simpson 3.90
Gerry Adams 3.89
Francie Molloy 3.87
Kieran Deeny 3.79
Edwin Poots 3.61
Jimmy Spratt 3.54
Paul Goggins 3.52
David Burnside 3.50
Shaun Woodward 3.49
Martina Anderson 3.41
Leslie Cree 3.38
John Barry 2.98
William McCrea 2.90
Caitriona Ruane 2.37
Ian Paisley Jnr 2.19

Right at the bottom are Paisley Jnr, Ruane and William McCrea. The raw numbers directly below are the percentage and then raw number of responses for each rank from 1 through 10 and don’t know on the far right. The conclusion (such as one can be arrived at from such a tiny sample) is that even their own party voters don’t rate their performances. Worth noting that 47 people ranked John Barry as don’t know. Just short of half.

Ian Paisley Jnr
58.9% (56) 15.8% (15) 8.4% (8) 2.1% (2) 5.3% (5) 2.1% (2) 2.1% (2) 2.1% (2) 0.0% (0) 2.1% (2) 1.1% (1)
Caitriona Ruane
54.7% (52) 10.5% (10) 7.4% (7) 10.5% (10) 4.2% (4) 3.2% (3) 2.1% (2) 1.1% (1) 2.1% (2) 1.1% (1) 3.2% (3)
William McCrea
26.3% (25) 15.8% (15) 16.8% (16) 11.6% (11) 9.5% (9) 6.3% (6) 1.1% (1) 0.0% (0) 1.1% (1) 0.0% (0) 11.6% (11)

5. If an election were held tomorrow, who would you vote for?

DUP 15.80% 15
Sinn Fein 12.60% 12
UUP 11.60% 11
SDLP 13.70% 13
Alliance 13.70% 13
Independent 1.10% 1
Green 5.30% 5
UKUP 0.00% 0
PUP 1.00% 1
Conservative 4.20% 4
RSF 0.00% 0
SEA 0.00% 0
UKIP 0.00% 0
Traditional Unionist Voice 6.30% 6
Other 5.30% 5
Would not vote 9.50% 9

6. How many Local Government districts do you think there should there be?

Personally, I reckon 1 was used as a “don’t know” option.

1 3.20% 3
7 35.80% 34
9 6.30% 6
11 25.30% 24
15 24.20% 23
26 5.30% 5
More than 26 0.00% 0

I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.

Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday