Electoral Reform Society releases report on 2016 NI Assembly elections

By agency reporter
February 20, 2017

The Electoral Reform Society has released a major report on the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election.

The report, ‘The 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election: How Voters Used STV’ commissioned IpsosMori to gather data from thousands of respondents – over 4,000 – to create the largest database of voting patterns for NI.

The launch follows debate about parties recommending their supporters give their second preference to other ‘blocs’.

Nearly 2,500 filled out mock ballot papers reflecting how they voted in their constituencies – allowing for a highly rigorous look at how they expressed their preferences under the STV system – focusing on the different communities, including the extent to which unionists/nationalists vote for other blocs.  

The research and analysis was conducted by Prof John Coakley and Prof John Garry at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as Dr Neil Matthews at the University of Bristol and Prof James Tilley at the University of Oxford.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the ERS, said: ‘This research is the first of its kind, and contains some fascinating insights into voting habits in Northern Ireland – insights that go far beyond the usual analysis looking solely at the end results or just first preferences’.

The report will be formally launched at an event in Belfast on 23 March

*Read the report here

* Electoral Reform Society http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/

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