Voters fail to identify a lot of candidates
Published 25/02/2016 | 00:00
THEY have spent thousands on election posters, which are plastered on fences, poles and gates throughout the county, but will spending all that money prove worthwhile?
We conducted an informal street survey of 17 potential voters in Wexford town last Friday, asking people to put names to photographs of the 17 candidates.
It yielded some fascinating results.
Not surprisingly tousle-haired Mick Wallace was the most recognised candidate, with a clean sweep of 100 per cent of those asked.
Wexford's high-profile Minister Brendan Howlin was second placed with 14, perhaps surprising that he didn't score 17 in his home town. Fine Gael Minister Paul Kehoe came next with 13.
Only one candidate received 'nul points' and that was David Lloyd from Direct Democracy Ireland, whose campaign has been largely under the radar since he declared he was standing for election.
Wexford's Mayor, Independent Cllr Ger Carthy was identified by only seven voters, with 12 recognising Fianna Fail's Aoife Byrne and nine recognising People Before Profit's Deirdre Wadding.
During the half-hour survey, a car drove past, pulling a large trailer with a double-sided poster of Sinn Fein's Johnny Mythen, yet he was still not recognised by the two people who had to wait for it to cross main street.
Full results of the recognition test were: Mick Wallace (Ind) 17, Brendan Howlin (Lab) 14, Paul Kehoe (FG) 13, Aoife Byrne (FF) 12, Deirdre Wadding (PBP) 9, Ger Carthy (Ind) 7, James Browne (FF) 6, Leonard Kelly (Social Democrats) 6, Caroline Foxe (Ind) 5, Emmet Moloney (Ind) 5, Malcolm Byrne (FF) 5, Johnny Mythen (SF) 5, Julie Hogan (FG) 4, Michael D'Arcy (FG) 3, Anne Walsh (Green) 3, John Dwyer (SF) 3 and David Lloyd (DDI) 0.