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    Default New Survey shows widespread support for Militant Republicanism

    Date: 06 October 2010

    Belfast Newsletter

    ALARMING new figures show that 14 per cent of nationalists sympathise with dissident republican terrorists.
    The disturbing findings come amid fears of an escalation in dissident attacks following the overnight car bomb which wrecked buildings near the centre of Londonderry early yesterday.

    According to research to be unveiled by Professor Jon Tonge of Liverpool University at a conference at Queen's University tomorrow, 14 per cent of those identifying as nationalists in a survey have "sympathy for the reasons why some republican groups (such as the Real and Continuity IRAs) continue to use violence".

    The findings are clearly at odds with the views of Londonderry's police commander Stephen Martin who yesterday said the terrorists "had no support" or "legitimacy".

    But writing in the News Letter, Mr Tonge said: "One of the mantras of the peace process is that 'dissident' republicans have no support ... Yet the assumption that dissidents have no support has been precisely that – an assumption, untroubled by actual evidence either way."

    Shock as dissident support revealed - Belfast Today

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    I'm inclined to think they've got a lot more sympaty than just 14%.

    With sympaty being the operative word here rather than full support for example.

    I think a lot of people would keep their feelings on this to themselves rather than tell some random pollster/MI5 man their thoughts.

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    If 14% of people have sympathy with their cause I’m assuming the remaining 86% are apathetic at best.

    I wouldn’t class this as widespread.

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    If 14% actually told strangers doing a survey that they have sympathy with militant Republicanism, then the true figure is at least twice that. It also shows that a lot of people voting for PSF dont actually believe the GFA is going anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jack View Post

    I wouldn’t class this as widespread.
    It certainly gives the lie to those like Martin McGuinness who were trying to claim that Militant Republicans have zero support.

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    Support for RAAD is even higher.

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    So 86% of Nationalists surveyed don't support the dissidents.
    A pretty clear message of condemnation

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboe View Post
    So 86% of Nationalists surveyed don't support the dissidents.
    A pretty clear message of condemnation
    86% told unknown persons from Liverpool that they dont support those who oppose British rule. The amazing thing is that 14% told them straight up into their Brit faces that they arent wanted.

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    Can we expect to see candidates for elections to test this poll ,must be tempting or does it clash with their view that they are already the govenment of all Ireland ( a bunch of diesel smugglers. smackheads ,bogmen ,criminals , adventurors and shell suited no brains ) .Gawd help oul Ireland .

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinoboy View Post
    Can we expect to see candidates for elections to test this poll ,must be tempting or does it clash with their view that they are already the govenment of all Ireland ( a bunch of diesel smugglers. smackheads ,bogmen ,criminals , adventurors and shell suited no brains ) .Gawd help oul Ireland .
    Nobody with any sense would take part in fake bourgeois elections.

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