Campbell Live is running a different sort of online poll, on the GCSB bill. Most media polls online are easily manipulated. They seem to be making an effort to minimise rigged voting in this one, as they are requesting Name, email address and address.
This an improvement, but it doesn’t get around the problem of non-random sampling. Groups can organise voting to try and sway it their way – and they have already started to promote it in social media of a particular persuasion.
I’d like to see people also asked:
- if they have read the bill
- if they have read the amendments that have been passed in Parliament
- if they understand the bill
But polls don’t usually care about things like that.
My guess is that it will show a sizeable number of people opposed to the bill, but most people don’t care about the bill and won’t bother voting.
Also unusual is the timeframe, the poll will be run over more than a week.
Thank you for taking the time to have your say on the GCSB bill. Find out what the rest of the country thinks when the results are revealed on Campbell Live on Monday August 19th.
That’s an interesting date. It might be a coincidence, but a a major protest meeting is organised for the same night.
There are a significant number of people passionate about stopping the bill, and a lot more using it as a political opportunity to oppose the Government.
But I still don’t know if the wider public care much or know much about this.