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Poll finds most North voters support St Andrew's deal

Published 09/11/2006

A majority of voters in the North support the St Andrew's proposals on restoring devolved government, according to an opinion poll conducted for the BBC.

Fifty-four per cent of respondents to the poll said they backed the plan put forward in Scotland last month, which requires Sinn Fein to endorse the PSNI and the DUP to commit itself to sharing power with republicans.

The BBC poll has found that support for the propsoals is strongest among nationalists, with 61.8% backing the plan, compared to 48.5% of unionists.

Just over 26% of unionists said they opposed the St Andrew's deal, compared to just 19.5% of nationalists.

A breakdown of the main parties shows that support is weakest among DUP supporters (46.6%), followed by UUP supporters (51.8%), Sinn Fein (57.9%) and the SDLP (71.6%).

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