Pres­sur­ing the poll­sters

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We have re­cently seen a spate of ver­bal at­tacks and pub­lic in­sin­u­a­tions be­ing made against spe­cific polling com­pa­nies that are viewed as be­ing anti-gov­ern­ment. Th­ese have been grow­ing in ve­he­mence and have been blown so out of pro­por­tion as to re­sem­ble the McCarthy-era witch hunts in the United States. As a so­ci­ety we should not tol­er­ate a sit­u­a­tion whereby in­sti­tu­tional and even non-in­sti­tu­tional forces are al­lowed to con­tin­u­ously cast as­per­sions and bully re­searchers and poll­sters be­cause of the find­ings they pub­lished in the runup to the gen­eral elec­tions last month. At the end of the day, th­ese find­ings that all the fuss is about dif­fered very lit­tle from those pub­lished in the pro-gov­ern­ment me­dia. Even more sur­pris­ing, how­ever, is the fact that univer­sity author­i­ties would re­spond to such spu­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and pres­sure by or­der­ing an in­quiry.

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