On the gap between politicians and people

More evidence of politicians lagging behind public opinion? I know it’s a “government poll” but a poll is a poll, a snapshot of what people say they’re thinking.

Significantly, out of those people polled who considered themselves as UUP voters, 73 per cent said they wanted to see the (Justice) powers transferred

And on the sacred issue of abortion in the Republic

The YouGov opinion poll showed 78 per cent of those questioned support access to abortion in Ireland if the pregnancy endangers a woman’s health or is the result of sexual abuse, rape or incest. Where a pregnancy seriously endangers a woman’s life, support for abortion rose to 87 per cent.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London