Friday, October 06, 2006
# Posted 9:27 AM by Taylor Owen
In any case, his column this week is a truly superb example of this irony, and is just as applicable internationally as it is in
However, if you relied upon a mid-September poll of the Gandalf Group -- as did the Parliamentary tabloid called the Hill Times -- you can be forgiven for being gobsmacked. There, the newspaper and Gandalf reported that Dryden was supported by approximately 20% of Liberals
Next up for a trip to the woodshed: the Globe, with another mid-September poll, this one by Allan Gregg's Strategic Counsel. In front-page story accompanied by a large headline
By a unanimous decision of our panel of judges
There were a smattering of other wince-inducing boners, such as the
So who is to blame? The media organizations
The loser, naturally, is the reader. The reader deserves better. And if polling mistakes keep getting made, then the media needs to re-examine its enthusiasm for polls.
Ask Harry S. Truman. He knows.
Wonderful. Seriously though, the Canadian media is going to have to take a real look at how they use the crack that political polling data has become leading up to the next federal election. (2) opinions -- Add your opinion
To be slightly more relevant than the poster above and to be slightly more fair to the pollsters. The issue in the race is that the voters in the leadership campaign are a very select group, and not anywhere representative of the population at large, nor even of liberals in general. So unless you had a representative sample of only people elegible to register in support of one of the candidate, polling is going to be wildly skewed. An inability to properly do one of these polls probably has little to you with ability to do a poll representative of voters.Post a Comment
However, that does leave the question of why bother doing and reporting these polls.