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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 AvatarBen Jephcott 1st Jul - 8:00pm
    This tone of this article is patronising and negative, though I can understand the view from unnamed ALDE staff (whom I presume are referred to...
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    A leader worth his salt is at ease with Conference - celebrates the wisdom of that particular crowd; appreciates the experience and talent of those...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 1st Jul - 7:52pm
    Andrew, point taken. To be clear I was replying to, and only to, Mr Wallace.
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    Sharon Bowles' position heading the banking committee was hugely important, but difficult to explain on the doorstep. In the 2009 to 2014 parliament the Liberal...
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    Sammy - Yes people should have the right to criticise, but they should do so by name. Anonymous briefing is cowardly and pathetic. If the...
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    Catherine has been, and continues to be, a great campaigner. That is why I have read her here and elsewhere and I am surprised that...
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