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End The Need For Political Polling That Could Influence Opinion

Comment 7th July 2010

During the last election, the public were subjected to endless polling.  The polls were the main talking point of every news channel and paper.

Considering many of these "independent" polls are connected to partisan media, and not to mention the fact that rarely did the polls tally up with each other, and completely overlooking the flawed results that were proven time and again, these polls do manipulate opinion and coerce a political stance within people.

In this day and age, do we need to be told which way the vote is going?  Does this not defeat the exercise of democracy?  When a balance can be tipped through selective numbers and reporting, I do not feel this has the best intentions for democracy in mind. 

Why does this matter?

It is an idealist notion to expect us all to have freewill and decide own our minds, but it's just fundamental to any citizen to have no peer pressure when it comes to the ballot box.

Opinion polls have taken on a new hybrid roll of themselves, in the past they were designed to inform where the current land lay, but in this day and age we are swamped with them and it becomes an obsessive need to find out who would win at that given time.

By limiting polls, I feel it would urge more discussion in society and more freethinking all round.  I don't need to be told what way we're voting, which is the modern day ethic of the once humble poll.


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