Poll aggregator challenged publicly about omission with no response in spite of social media activity
Britain Elects is a well-known ‘poll aggregator’ providing updates on polls and election results.
Recently, the so-called ‘mainstream’ media have focused on an ‘outlier’ YouGov poll claiming Labour’s support in a general election would be only 18% – and have largely ignored the majority of polls that continue to show Labour leading.
Britain Elects seems to have followed a similar course today, after new polling released last night by ComRes showed Labour with a clear lead over all other parties and three points clear of the Tories.
ComRes not only showed Labour three points clear, but with increased share compared to a month ago:
Any new results would normally feature quite promptly on the Britain Elects Twitter feed, but this one has been conspicuous by its absence. So this morning, a Labour activist asked it about the omission:
Britain Elects is not on holiday. It did not respond to the enquiry about the omission by the time of writing – but it did feature ‘exclusive’ polling – again by regular Labour under-estimator YouGov – suggesting Labour trailing in last of the main parties in a general election on just 17%:
One Labour supporter who did respond to Scousegirlmedia observed:
The results of the YouGov poll, of course, were anything but ignored by the media. ITV political pundit Robert Peston jumped on it immediately:
Curiously, Peston does not seem to have mentioned the ComRes result showing Labour leading.
Britain Elects has been contacted for comment.
It is often said that polls are a means of influencing public opinion rather than a tool for measuring it. But that seems to apply even more to the selective presentation of results.
Britain Elects might correct its omission – but the Establishment media continued to use YouGov’s ’18 %’ poll almost exclusively in their commentary for days after various other companies had published results showing Labour leading or at least close.
When Labour popularity resists their attempts to damage it, the fall-back tactic seems to be simply to ignore any inconvenient results.
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