THERE IS less support for a united Ireland in Fermanagh than in any other part of the North, according to a new poll.
In fact, the surprising the results of the Irish Times poll show more people in the Fermanagh and Tyrone district are against a unity referendum than in the overall Protestant community in the North as a whole.
According to the poll, only 22 per cent of people in Fermanagh and Tyrone believe their should be a referendum on Irish unity, while 68 per cent felt their shouldn’t be one. Four per cent of people answered “neither” while six per cent said they didn’t know.
Interestingly, 62 per cent of all Protestants surveyed were against a referendum. In the Catholic community, 55 per cent were for the ‘border poll.’
When asked how they would vote if there was a unity referendum, 22 per cent of those polled in Fermanagh and Tyrone said they would vote ‘yes’, 68 percent said they would vote ‘no’, and 10 per cent didn’t know.
Overall, for the North as a whole, 38 percent of people are in favour of holding a unity referendum, while 45 per cent are against.
If the referendum was held now, 32 per cent would vote yes while 45 would vote against it, according to the new poll.
Away from the border question, last week’s Irish Times poll also showed people are fed up with their politicians.
With Brexit clearly a factor in the results, a total of 67 per cent of people feel the DUP are doing a bad job of representing the North at Westminster, and only 16 per cent were satisfied with Arlene Foster’s leadership.
Sinn Fein didn’t fare any better. Only 13 per cent were satisfied with Michelle O’Neill’s leadership. Also, a total of 60 per cent surveyed said they believed the party should take their seats at Westminster.
As well as Brexit, the continued absence of a Stormont Assembly was also clearly a factor. A total of 79 per cent said they believed the assembly should be re-instated regardless of how significant the differences between the parties are.
Posted: 5:09 pm March 24, 2019