Tory candidates swamped by ‘other’ – with respondents saying ‘Corbyn’
A Twitter poll published by the right-wing Daily Express has backfired spectacularly – and hilariously – thanks to an ill-advised decision to include an ‘Other’ option led to a response that the Tory-supporting paper certainly won’t have been looking for.
Driven by the array of Tory MPs competing hungrily for the position vacated on Friday by Theresa May, the Express named three candidates specifically in its poll – but included the ‘other’ option with a request to put the preferred name selected in a response below the tweet, presumably envisaging the a thread of names of other Tory hopefuls accounting for a minority of the votes compared to the ‘names’.
Instead, the ‘other’ category currently has – with around 8 hours remaining – fully three-quarters of the more than 20,000 votes cast.
And the name that dominates the thousands of ‘other’ comments is one Jeremy Corbyn:
If the Express was hoping that putting Boris Johnson’s name first would see him romp home to boost his campaign, it was a forlorn hope.
On a day when the ‘MSM’ were almost uniformly persisting in presenting Tory and Labour difficulties as almost equal, it was left to an accident by one rag to give a hint of the real relative popularity of political parties and leaders.
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