Revealed: How many UUP voters support talks about DUP merger?
One in five Ulster Unionist Party voters at the last election think that the party should initiate talks with the DUP about merging, latest polling suggests.
Belfast-based polling and market research company LucidTalk carried out a survey to gauge public opinion as part of its monthly 'tracker poll'.
UUP voters were asked on their views on the future of the party and what they think is their best plan.
Results found that 20% (1 in 5) UUP voters at the last elections now think the party should initiate talks with the DUP about a merger between the UUP and DUP. LucidTalks said this is quite high and should be concerning for the UUP leadership.
The results for this question are from UUP voters/supporters only so you would expect close to 100% of this demographic would support that the UUP should remain an independent party.
In this context, 1 in 5 saying they should now consider merging with the DUP, is high.
When the same question about the UUP-DUP merging is asked of DUP voters/supporters it is not surprising that a majority of 59% support talks between the DUP and UUP about a merger.
It is interesting to note that 21% (of DUP voters/supporters) don’t support a merger with the UUP.
When the same question about the UUP-DUP merging is asked of the minor Unionist party supporters - TUV, PUP, UKIP, NI Conservatives, then they have slightly less support for their parties (and the UUP) to engage in talks with the DUP about a merger with their parties i.e. 18% compared to 20% for the UUP voters/supporters only.
Polling was carried out by Belfast based polling and market research company LucidTalk. The project was carried out online for a period of 60 Hours from 11am 21st June to 11pm 23rd June 2017 (60 Hours). The project targeted the established Northern Ireland (NI) LucidTalk online Opinion Panel (8,827 members) which is balanced by gender, age-group, area of residence, and community background, in order to be demographically representative of Northern Ireland. 2,883 full responses were received, and a data auditing process was carried out to ensure all completed poll-surveys were genuine 'one-person, onevote' responses, and also to collate a robust and accurate balanced NI representative sample. This resulted in 2,080 responses being considered in terms of the final results - the results presented in this report. All data results have been weighted by gender and community background to reflect the demographic composition of Northern Ireland resulting in 2,080 responses being considered in terms of the final results. All data results produced are accurate to a margin of error of +/-3.0%, at 95% confidence.
Belfast Telegraph Digital