Assembly transfer rates: SDLP most transfer friendly in 2011…

This excellent wee paper from the Assembly, reminds me I still have to write a post election profile for the DUP and the Greens… In the meantime it seems the SDLP is the largest recipient of other peoples’ transfers, but it is SDLP voters who are most resistant to voting away from home

  • The SDLP received the highest number of transfer votes from other parties;
  • Sinn Féin received the lowest number of transfer votes from other parties;
  • The highest number of transfers to other parties were from UUP candidates;
  • The lowest number of transfers to other parties were from SDLP candidates

It also happens that Unionist parties attract fewer cross community transfers than nationalism in the other direction. In fact, there seems to be a drop in intra-unionist transferring from 2007 to 2011… with the Alliance and the SDLP being the apparent beneficiaries…

Sinn Fein keep similar levels of intra-nationalist transfers from four years ago, but Sinn Fein voters seem to be going off the SDLP…

And that’s even before looking at the constituencies…

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