opinion polls are a device for influencing public opinion,not a means of measuring it.
I would only add to Hitchens’ words, that opinion polls can equally be used to prepare a public for a rigged election result, to make it look as if the result was expected, such as a Hung Parliament.
I asked Peter Hitchens about the possibility that elections can be rigged. His reply was that he does not possess or has not seen evidence for such a claim.
This is the first time I have seen it in print from an authoritative journalist that public opinion polls are ‘manipulated’.
It’s a start on the long road back to political honesty.
Here he is at it on QT –
Trains, education, spending and more.
Enjoyable stuff, the programme and the book.