As a way of a ‘warm-up’ for our April Opinion Panel poll results, to be published in the Belfast Telegraph at the start of May (a few days before general election day on 7th May), we’ve combined the results from our January, February, and March Opinion Polls into one table. We have also provided an analysis and commentary of the trends and patterns, and we’ll be able to see shortly if our April panel poll continues with these trends, or throws up some new results. For our January to March results, commentary, and review see

Last night in the Strand Cinema, East Belfast, an excellent East Belfast 2015 Election Hustings event was run by Slugger O’Toole in association with Chambre Public Affairs and LucidTalk. The event featured a head-to-head debate between Naomi Long (Alliance) and Gavin Robinson (DUP). LucidTalk carried out some e-polling at the event which threw up some interesting results – full results of this e-polling can be found here

Just to get the build-up going to the upcoming Westminster election on 7th May we’ll be running our Opinion Panel polling every month from February to May. We will be feeding this data into our prediction models, and then projecting the results for each of Northern Ireland’s 18 Westminster constituencies, and tracking any trends up and down. This will be similar to the prediction models we ran for last May’s European election when three weeks before that election (in the Belfast Telegraph) we e.g. predicted Sinn Fein for a 26.2% vote share with the actual result coming in at 25.5%; and the DUP prediction was 20.8% with the actual result turning out to be 20.9%. So (in our humble opinion!) our Euro election prediction models weren’t that bad!
Our first Opinion Panel poll, results, and analysis is now on the Belfast Telegraph’s DebateNI political web site