Neo-Con YouGov At It Again With Leading Questions 137

This blog has over the years expended some energy on explaining that YouGov is anything but a disinterested seeker after evidence of public opinion, but rather a tool for creating a false impression of public opinion and pushing it in a direction. Needless to say, various legal threats I have received from YouGov and its directors have come to nothing.

Now take this YouGov question in their latest poll:

Would you approve or disapprove of the RAF taking part in air strike operations against Islamic State/ISIS in Syria?

There is no need to mention the RAF in this question – it is not their decision and the impression is subtly conveyed that the RAF want to do it. The question is carefully designed to tap in to the public’s well-documented inclination to support the armed forces in any conflict situation.

If you asked:

Do you approve of the government’s proposals for taking part in air strike operations against Islamic State/ISIS in Syria?

you would get a very different answer. Which of course is why the charlatans at YouGov asked the first question.

Nevertheless, there are two very interesting facts. Even on this biased question opinion is swinging very fast against airstrikes. Secondly, yet again there is a very real divergence of opinion between England and Scotland.

Since I joined the SNP, the comments section has been riddled with people claiming that the SNP is in fact no less neo-con than the other established parties. Today’s debate on Syria, in addition to the recent debate on Trident, make plain that is absolute nonsense.

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137 thoughts on “Neo-Con YouGov At It Again With Leading Questions

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  • Ken2

    Yougov is flawed. It takes samples to get the result that it wants or misanalyses (deliberately) the result. They are making £Millions of private and public money to influence the result. It is a complete fraudulent racket. A con. The piper calls the tune, then the Pollsters are used to influence the result. Voters are influenced by the Polls and change their vote. MSM use the Polls to influence voters to change their vote.

    They should be banned in the purdah period (six weeks before).Only private polling should be allowed. The Pollsters are gerrymandering to influence election results. They are paid £Millions by private, public and political parties to manipulate the result. They are illegal lobbying. They have been investigated many times but are not sanctioned. Their methodology is suspect. It affects political betting as well.

  • Alcyone

    2 Dec, 2015 – 6:40 pm
    “oin’t go in for all this”


    To late Habb, going by the above your chicken has been choked onced to often, it’s new specs for you.
    You are a very sick man of a very low-class.

  • Republicofscotland

    “You are a very sick man of a very low-class.”


    Oh I don’t know Krishnamurti seems to agree with me, if his saying below is anything to go by.

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

  • Alcyone

    Say what you will, you are a deeply sick man to keep bringing up the subject of masturbation. You are an embarassment to Craig.

  • Alcyone

    If you also use phrases like ” your chicken….” , I should say you are equally a low-class pleb.

  • Republicofscotland

    “If you also use phrases like ” your chicken….” , I should say you are equally a low-class pleb.”


    Oh cluck off.

  • Alcyone

    “There is a time and place for everything’ is the easiest give-away to common proles like you. Now, run along and deliver your post you pip-squeak.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Looks like Isis has anticipated an increased campaign against it in Syria, and has hit San Bernadino, California with a terrorist attack, killing 14 and wounding 14 more.

    Of course, our counter terrorists anticipated no such thing, and are bending over backwards to make out that it isn’t

    Though just Monday, they warned us about an Isis attack, and now they have it, though the terrorists know that killing a dozen or so is just about as good as killing hordes, and this way they can perform a similar attack in the homeland in a few days.

    Just get used to it, as there is going to be a lot more.

  • lysias

    Anticipated an increased campaign against it, or chose — as is its habit — to provide additional motivation for such an attack?

    Well, I guess we’ll soon know whether it was ISIS.

    Or maybe we won’t.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Think, Pan, it is the new Isis in an age of massive data collection by the so-called counter terrorists, and a plethora of weapons for the Islamic terrorists to make war.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    The most clever move by the Isis couple was the husband going to Saudi Arabia to marry a second wife which completely fooled the American counter terrorists when he never intended it to be more than a security ploy.

    Isn’t polygamy a crime in America?

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Now the intelligence failure in California is creating an Anglo-American political environment for stamping out Isis, like what happened to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein after a similar failure on 9/11.

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