Red C: Doherty to take Donegal South West at a canter

A Red C poll to be published tomorrow will show Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty sitting on 40%  of the 1st preference votes in the Donegal South West constituency, some 21% ahead of the second placed Fianna Fail candidate.

Perhaps just as interestingly, the Sinn Fein candidate would appear to be strongly positioned to pick up second preference votes, with some 19% of those polled stating they’d transfer directly to him following their first choice candidates.

Whilst this is just an opinion poll, it does seem to confirm the consensual view that Sinn Fein is on course to make a significant advance in the Dail, claiming its first byelection triumph and sending a likely future leadership contender to the Dail.