Friday, September 29, 2006

BBC opinion poll on Afghanistan

From BBC News:
Most people in the UK oppose British military operations in Afghanistan, a survey conducted for the BBC suggests.

Only 31% support the decision to deploy 5,000 troops to fight the Taleban, while 53% of the population are against the move, according to the ICM poll.
The BBC hasn't published the full poll results, and it's not yet on ICM's website. Normally I wouldn't be suspicious (*) but Eddie Mair's report on this evening's PM began like this:
'Do you support or oppose the British military operation in Afghanistan?' 'What would you say are the main reasons for the British troops being there?' Those are, in essence, the questions we asked in special PM opinion poll.
'In essence'? Well, were these the questions asked or not? Come on BBC, show us all of the data.

(*) Yeah OK, you're right - I would


Anonymous Frank said...

And you accuse the BBC of being obtuse...

10:59 pm  
Anonymous Anthony said...

"Come on BBC, show us all of the data."

You don't need to browbeat the BBC - ICM are members of the BPC, they are obliged to give you the full tables (or put them on their website) within 2 days if you ask them nicely.

Or even if you asked them rudely I suppose :)

12:43 am  
Blogger DFH said...

Thanks Anthony, I didn't know that (but then I am obtuse).

10:42 am  
Anonymous Umbongo said...

And even if Eddie is, shall we say, economical with the truth concerning the poll, it's already too late. The BBC interpretation is out there - the truth (if different) is still getting its boots on

5:37 pm  

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