Decent turn out at the polls this morning…

Having spoken to a few people on the ground this morning, I am not going to significantly change my view that the three main parties last time out (2004) will bring home the bacon this time. Hopes that the SDLP will come through the middle may be dented by the good weather and the fact that turnout in unionist areas this morning was steady (no real signs yet of a big switch off). People in both the main Unionist parties are convinced the other will suffer the greater damage: the DUP’s ‘let’s top the poll for unionism’ will almost certainly be defenestrated if, as expected, Bairbre de Brun comfortably tops the poll. But then again, Jimmy Nick could yet face an embarrassingly breathless dash for the finish on Monday…

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  • borden

    Mick,

    where is the turnout high in Unionist areas. In my neck of the woods ie the North_west, the Unionist turnout is very very low according to some ‘on the ground’. Voting brisk in more nationalist areas – perhaps the stoops may have a chance (however slim that may be!)

  • Jim Allister’s bald patch

    [i]the DUP’s ‘let’s top the poll for unionism’ will almost certainly be defenestrated if, as expected, Bairbre de Brun comfortably tops the poll[/i]

    Yes, and when people stand outside in the rain they invariably get wet.

  • frustrated democrat

    Mick

    JN to be the first unionist elected behind DBD

  • frustrated democrat

    sorry BDB

  • Jim Allister’s bald patch

    [i]behind DBD [/i]

    Dairbre be Drun?

  • Mick Fealty

    Lads/lasses… see the thread above… let’s try and get a more scientific take on this…

    Borden, I didn’t mean to imply ‘high’, just not the low turn the SDLP was counting on…

  • Belfast Dissenter

    Turnout yesterday evening wasn’t that great in my part of the Shankill Road. I can already see the screaming headlines about voter apathy in the next issue of the Shankill Mirror. Still, if the political parties won’t or can’t be bothered to come round here to canvass, they can’t expect voters to get unduly exercised about the whole thing. Very low key.

    For the first time ever, I haven’t even heard one of those usually ubiquitious loudspeaker cars circling the district urging folk to get out and vote because the other side are voting in their droves on the Falls Road and its everyone’s duty to maximise the unionist vote to stop them’uns topping the poll, etc, etc. Their heart doesn’t really seem to be in it; even alleged firebrands like Jim Allister whho you would imagine would be seeking to galvanise alienated Shankill Prod opinion. Usually, the refrain is ‘we never see them except when an election’s on’. This time we just never see them.

  • samuel Jones

    allisters going to cause a major surprise when votes are counted on monday, the low nationalist turnout in areas like south down and south armagh will balance unionist apathy in some loyalist areas

  • samuel Jones

    allisters going to cause a major surprise when votes are counted on monday, the low nationalist turnout in areas like south down and south armagh will balance unionist apathy in some loyalist areas

  • drumlins rock

    feedback from fermanagh south tyrone, low turnouts even here (remember we still hold most of the high record turnouts) but it seems to be weakest in working class areas, both nationalists and unionist, and younger voters staying away. DUP and SF looking a bit more sheepish at polling stations CU feedback is posative, but who knows what goes on in the polling booth, be cautious about the BBC reports, we all know their east coast urban bias.