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Assembly election: Nominations are in as poll reveals most voters are against Stormont Executive's return

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By Jonny Bell

The majority of people in Northern Ireland would prefer something other than the immediate return of the Executive, latest polling figures suggest.

Northern Ireland-based research company LucidTalk regularly carries out 'tracker polls' of its over 6,000-strong opinion panel to gauge the public mood.

Between January 27 and 29 almost 2,500 people responded to its latest survey with 1,580 taken into consideration in order to get a representative sample of the Northern Ireland population.

The company, which says its results are accurate to within 3%, is conducting a series of polls in the run up to the March 2 election.

And when asked what outcome they would prefer best for the government of Northern Ireland, 44% said they would like to see the Executive reformed in the latest poll.

The rest said they preferred direct rule, either temporarily or permanently, of some form of joint authority between the Irish and British governments.

Over a third said direct rule was preferred albeit temporarily to allow for talks between the Northern Ireland parties.

For unionist votes 38% said they would like to see the Executive return and 41% temporary direct rule.

And for Sinn Fein supporters 41% preferred the return of the Executive and 47% in favour of joint authority.

"So it will be interesting to see how the political situation develops after the election," said LucidTalk managing director Bill White.

LucidTalk is a member of all recognised professional Polling and Market Research organisations, including the UK Market Research Society (UK-MRS), the British Polling Council (BPC), and ESOMAR (European Society of Market Research organisations).

The BPC are the primary UK professional body ensuring professional Polling and Market Research standards. All polling, research, sampling, methodologies used, and results and reports production are, and have been, carried out to the professional standards laid down by the BPC.

Assembly election 2017 nominations in full

The nominations for candidates for Northern Ireland's assembly election closed on Wednesday. There will be 228 candidates election with 68 women seeking a Stormont seat.

The candidates put forward for each constituency are listed in below. Candidates have 24 hours to withdraw.

Stewart Dickson (Alliance)

Danny Donnelly (Alliance)

David Hilditch (DUP)

Gordon Lyons (DUP)

Stephen Ross (DUP)

Dawn Patterson (Green)

Margaret Anne McKillop (SDLP)

Oliver McMullan (SF)

Roy Beggs (UUP)

John Stewart (UUP)

Alan Dunlop (C)

Conor Sheridan (Lab Alt)

Ruth Wilson (TUV)

Noel Jordan (UKIP)

Ricky Best (Ind)  

Patricia O'Lynn (Alliance)

Paul Frew (DUP)

Phillip Logan (DUP)

Mervyn Storey (DUP)

Mark Bailey (Green)

Connor Duncan (SDLP)

Philip McGuigan (SF)

Robin Swann (UUP)

Jim Allister (TUV)

Timothy Gaston (TUV)

Monica Digney (Ind)

Adam McBride (Ind)

David Ford (Alliance)

Pam Cameron (DUP)

Trevor Clarke (DUP)

Paul Girvan (DUP)

Eleanor Bailey (Green)

Roisin Lynch (SDLP)

Declan Kearney (SF)

Steve Aiken (UUP)

Adrian Cochrane-Watson (UUP)

Mark Logan (C)

Ivanka Antova (People)

Richard Cairns (TUV)

David McMaster (Ind)  

Naomi Long (Alliance)

Chris Lyttle (Alliance)

Joanne Bunting (DUP)

David Douglas (DUP)

Robin Newton (DUP)

Georgina Milne (Green)

Seamas de Faoite (SDLP)

Mairead O'Donnell (SF)

Andy Allen (UUP)

Sheila Bodel (C)

Courtney Robinson (Lab Alt)

John Kyle (PUP)

Andrew Girvin (TUV)

Jordy McKeag (Ind)

Nuala McAllister (Alliance)

Paula Bradley (DUP)

William Humphrey (DUP)

Nelson McCausland (DUP)

Malachai O'Hara (Green)

Nichola Mallon (SDLP)

Gerry Kelly (SF)

Caral Ni Chuilin (SF)

Robert Foster (UUP)

Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston (PUP)

Fiona Ferguson (People)

Gemma Weir (WP)

Adam Millar (Ind)   

Paula Bradshaw (Alliance)

Emmet McDonough-Brown (Alliance)

Emma Little Pengelly (DUP)

Christopher Stalford (DUP)

Clare Bailey (Green)

Naomh Gallagher (SDLP)

Claire Hanna (SDLP)

Mairtin O Muilleoir (SF)

Michael Henderson (UUP)

George Jabbour (C)

Sean Burns (Lab Alt)

Padraigin Mervyn (People)

John Hiddleston (TUV)

Lily Kerr (WP)  

Sorcha Eastwood (Alliance)

Frank McCoubrey (DUP)

Ellen Murray (Green)

Alex Attwood (SDLP)

Orlaithi Flynn (SF)

Alex Maskey (SF)

Fra McCann (SF)

Pat Sheehan (SF)

Fred Rodgers (UUP)

Gerry Carroll (People)

Michael Collins (People)

Conor Campbell (WP)  

Stephen Farry (Alliance)

Gordon Dunne (DUP)

Alex Easton (DUP)

Steven Agnew (Green)

Caoimhe McNeill (SDLP)

Kieran Maxwell (SF)

Alan Chambers (UUP)

William Cudworth (UUP)

Frank Shivers (C)

Melanie Kennedy (Ind)

Chris Carter (Ind)

Gavan Reynolds (Ind)   

Patrick Brown (Alliance)

Jim Wells (DUP)

Hannah George (Green)

Sinead Bradley (SDLP)

Colin McGrath (SDLP)

Sinead Ennis (SF)

Chris Hazzard (SF)

Harold McKee (UUP)

Gary Hynds (C)

Lyle Rea (TUV)

Patrick Clarke (Ind) 

Noreen Campbell (Alliance)

Arlene Foster (DUP)

Lord Maurice Morrow (DUP)

Tanya Jones (Green)

Richie McPhillips (SDLP)

Jemma Dolan (SF)

Michelle Gildernew (SF)

Sean Lynch (SF)

Rosemary Barton (UUP)

Richard Dunn (C)

Donal O'Cofaigh (Lab Alt)

Alex Elliott (TUV)    

Colm Cavanagh (Alliance)

Gary Middleton (DUP)

Shannon Downey (Green)

Mark H Durkan (SDLP)

Colum Eastwood (SDLP)

Elisha McCallion (SF)

Raymond McCartney (SF)

Julia Kee (UUP)

Stuart Canning (C)

John Lindsay (CISTA)

Eamonn McCann (People)

Arthur McGuinness (Ind)    

Trevor Lunn (Alliance)

Paul Givan (DUP)

Brenda Hale (DUP)

Edwin Poots (DUP)

Dan Barrios-O'Neill (Green)

Pat Catney (SDLP)

Peter Doran (SF)

Robbie Butler (UUP)

Jenny Palmer (UUP)

Matt Robinson (C)

Samuel Morrison (TUV)

Jonny Orr (Ind)

Keith Gray (Ind)    

Chris McCaw (Alliance)

Maurice Bradley (DUP)

Adrian McQuillan (DUP)

George Robinson (DUP)

Anthony Flynn (Green)

John Dallat (SDLP)

Caoimhe Archibald (SF)

Cathal ohOisin (SF)

William McCandless (UUP)

David Harding (C)

Russell Watton (PUP)

Gavin Campbell (People)

Jordan Armstrong (TUV)

Claire Sugden (Ind)

Gerry Mullan (Ind)   

Jackie Coade (Alliance)

William Irwin (DUP)

Rowan Tunnicliffe (Green)

Justin McNulty (SDLP)

Cathal Boylan (SF)

Megan Fearon (SF)

Conor Murphy (SF)

Danny Kennedy (UUP)

Emmet Crossan (CISTA)

Electorate 81,756

Kellie Armstrong (Alliance)

Simon Hamilton (DUP)

Michelle McIlveen (DUP)

Peter Weir (DUP)

Ricky Bamford (Green)

Joe Boyle (SDLP)

Dermot Kennedy (SF)

Mike Nesbitt (UUP)

Philip Smith (UUP)

Scott Benton (C)

Stephen Cooper (TUV)

Jonathan Bell (Ind)

Jimmy Menagh (Ind)    

Stephen Donnelly (Alliance)

Thomas Buchanan (DUP)

Ciaran McClean (Green)

Daniel McCrossan (SDLP)

Michaela Boyle (SF)

Declan McAleer (SF)

Barry McElduff (SF)

Alicia Clarke (UUP)

Roger Lomas (C)

Barry Brown (CISTA)

Charlie Chittick (TUV)

Roisin McMackin (Ind)

Corey French (Ind)

Susan-Anne White (Ind)

Sorcha McAnespy (Ind)   

Fay Watson (Alliance)

Keith Buchanan (DUP)

Stefan Taylor (Green)

Patsy McGlone (SDLP)

Linda Dillon (SF)

Ian Milne (SF)

Michelle O'Neill (SF)

Sandra Overend (UUP)

Hannah Loughrin (TUV)

Hugh Scullion (WP)

Hugh McCloy (Ind)    

Tara Doyle (Alliance)

Jonathan Glen Buckley (DUP)

Carla Lockhart (DUP)

Simon Lee (Green)

Dolores Kelly (SDLP)

John O'Dowd (SF)

Nuala Toman (SF)

Doug Beattie (UUP)

Jo-Anne Dobson (UUP)

Ian Nickels (C)

Roy Ferguson (TUV)

Colin Craig (WP)

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