The question of the question

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I’m not sure if anyone’s polled attitudes to GDPR, but I’d be interested to see how people are reacting. But ComRes did ask voting intention in its latest poll and once again found Labour and the Conservatives neck-and-neck on 41 per cent (both up a point).

But it was the supplementary questions that seem to have created the most noise, particularly on Lords reform and Brexit, and in particular the question words used. Leo Barasi is scathing in his analysis, and it’s hard to disagree with much of what he’s said.

Meanwhile YouGov has done an experiment on question wordings relating to changing the voting age to 16 (a topic where the question wording effect is known to be substantial). As expected, different questions get different answers, but in each case there is net opposition – the public do not support votes at 16.

Ahead of tomorrow’s abortion referendum in Ireland, we’d expect to see some final polls today. You can usually count on a late surge for No, but the Yes lead is substantial (upwards of 15 points using the ballot paper question).

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