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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 18/05/2010 - 14:34

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Good polls, poorly reported

Opinion polls fell thick and fast during the General Election. At times political correspondents appeared to be clinging to them like drowning men to a leaky life raft.

David Lipsey :: Mon, 19/04/2010 - 11:03

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The statistics of political polling

So: are the opinion polls having a good election or a bad election? It is impossible to know.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 09/04/2010 - 08:34

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Political Plotting takes a turn

Remember Left Foot Forward’s bold extrapolation of the political polls which I had a bit of fun with on this

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 05/03/2010 - 17:13

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Political Plotting

The political blogging site Left Foot Forward, which represents itself as an “evidence –based analysis of British politics” yesterday published a bold extrapolation of recen

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 19/01/2010 - 16:21

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Official Statistics: are the old cannier, or just more cynical?

In December the Financial Times published a Harris survey of the public's confidence in national statistics across five European countries and the USA.

Leo Henghes :: Mon, 18/01/2010 - 17:06

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Afghans speak but is anybody listening?

Carrying out public opinion polls in Afghanistan is never going to be easy. Areas that are remote at the best of times are now inaccessible and dangerous.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 11/01/2010 - 15:38

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The job's lousy but the commute is great

You might expect an unemployment level of 10 per cent to make those who are employed pretty happy with their jobs.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 23/12/2009 - 14:52

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Pots and kettles in the NHS

Eight out of ten doctors are concerned about private companies profiting from the National Health Service, according to a poll from the British Medical Association and

David Lipsey :: Tue, 07/04/2009 - 15:15

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Less than meets the eye: a sceptic’s guide to opinion polls

As Britain moves into pre-election spring, we can expect the opinion polls to flower in profusion. But what do they really tell us?