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Opinion: Attack YouGov if you want to – but at least say who you are

Last week’s Daily Telegraph article attacking YouGov’s polling raises some disturbing issues about the quality of political debate as we fast approach the general election.

Firstly, the article’s authors seem to have no understanding about how polls should be conducted. They complain that the raw data in one large aggregated survey “were…‘weighted’ using an undisclosed YouGov formula which reduced the lead to sex per cent .” But all reputable pollsters know that their sample will not usually be representative of the population, for example by having too few women or too many Guardian

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  • User AvatarSara Scarlett 28th Jul - 6:11am
    This article has restored my faith in politics, somewhat! The LibDems love to say how bad/nasty/evil the Tories are without ever offering a viable alternative....
  • User AvatarKaterina Porter 28th Jul - 6:07am
    PS I have never voted Labour and am not remotely Socialist. I have voted Liberal and in the long ago past One Nation Conservative.
  • User AvatarMichael BG 28th Jul - 3:29am
    @ John Bland I think you missed my point. I was not saying we should not support small businesses or those who are self-employed or...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 28th Jul - 1:02am
    Phyllis No, TF was not a member of the last government. If you doubt that, consider that several people, both Tory and Lib Dem, resigned...
  • User AvatarLARRY HAWORTH 28th Jul - 12:46am
    As I remember the constraints, behind the veil one lacks information that would permit judgments like, the odds of this are greater than the odds...
  • User AvatarJohn Bland 28th Jul - 12:19am
    Simon, I could not agree more with your post. The SME sector is a significant contributor to the British Economy. Some will belong to trade...