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Unionist delight and nationalist silence at Queen rating

By Rebecca Black

The finding that the Queen is the most popular public figure among both traditions in Northern Ireland has sparked delight among unionists and silence from nationalists.

An exclusive poll published in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph revealed that Catholics as well as Protestants have rated the monarch the best performing public figure.

She even got a better rating among Catholics than Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Yesterday the SDLP declined to comment on the findings.

But North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey was delighted at the finding and put it down to a "recognition of 60 years hard work and dedication to our nation and her loyal subjects".

"I think there is growing respect for the job she has done, giving 60 years of public service which will never, I think, be surpassed."

"Governments come and go, the political and economic situation in the country ebbs and flows but the one thing that is constant and remains is the Queen, the leadership, the dignity, the discipline and the decorum that she gives the UK," he said.

While the Queen came out on top, things were not so bright for First Minister Peter Robinson, Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

The Chief Constable received one of the lowest ratings of public figures at -13.1, behind the Secretary of State, who was rated -9.3.

Over on Twitter there was some reaction to another of the poll's findings that women in Northern Ireland are less likely to vote than men.

Sarah Wright @ihiccupalot tweeted: "Decent politicians on the ballot would make a huge difference. Many feel that there's no1 to vote for/won't change anything," while Se Donaghey @Sedonaghey tweeted: "Voting numbers plummeting in both sexes, a reasonable person cudnt vote for some 90% of the candidates", and David McCann @dmcbfs posted: "When you look at the lack of women in the assembly it's little surprise really".

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