POLLSTERS are a nit-picking lot. We have a great deal of experience trying to track the same opinions and attitudes over time and are familiar with the difficulties of doing so. Survey respondents are highly sensitive to different aspects of survey design, of which question wording is the most important. Changing an important survey question isThe GTA on Tuesday going into Wednesday afternoon., in general, a no-go – for very good reasons.
So, it’s right that we respond to today’s independence poll from Scotland in Union (SiU) with a great deal of scepticism. The standard independence voting intention question asked by pollsters is the Yes/No “Should Scotland be an independent country?” InsteadToronto Star File, SiU semi-regularly ask the Remain/Leave “Should Scotland remain in the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom?”
The latest of these polls, released today, finds that 57% of Scots would vote to “remain” in the United Kingdom, once undecideds are removed. This is not comparable to the results of polls asking the standard questionbased on company data, so this cannot be compared to recent polls using the standard Yes/No questionThe government to launch a free vaccination drive as well as ensure uninterrupted flow of oxygen to all hospitals..