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Sara Mayo
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posted 27 June 2003 02:27 AM      Profile for Sara Mayo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Guardian:

quote:
(Conservative Leader) Iain Duncan Smith today received a significant boost to his leadership when an opinion poll placed the Tories ahead of Labour.

Apart from a temporary leap during the fuel crisis in September 2000, Labour has led the Conservatives since 1992.

As Downing Street struggles to fight off allegations that it misled the country over Iraq's banned weapons, a YouGov poll for the Daily Telegraph places the Tories on 37%. Labour has slipped to 35%. The Liberal Democrats are on 21%.


But actually, reading all the way to the end of the story, one gets the fuller picture...

quote:
The latest findings today will spark a renewed debate about polling methods. YouGov polled 2,288 people by internet between June 24 and 26.

Critics of the new polling organisation say that internet polling is less reliable than telephone polling because it does not pick up less well off people.

In addition to acting as the Tories' pollsters, YouGov also acts as political adviser to the party.


How can the Guardian publish a story about a poll done by a party pollster and not mention the obivous bias in the first paragraph? Even the Globe and Mail follows that basic rule of journalism!

[ 27 June 2003: Message edited by: Sara Mayo ]


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Michelle
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posted 27 June 2003 09:15 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow. I'm surprised at that myself, Sara.
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