The Scotsmans Scotland on Sunday poll showed up some interesting results.
Scotland on Sunday poll
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Is the tone of the Better Together campaign in the independence referendum too negative?
This was the current scores on the doors at 2am this morning, just over 2and a half days of voting since Sunday morning.
On first glance, it would appear that Better Together are getting quite a phenomenal support..
But can it be at all trusted?
One of the Scotsmans regular comment contributors thinks it can.
“the Scotsman poll is prescient with 90% of a sample now approaching 34000 people approving of the No campaign. This ‘project fear’ (claimed by Better Together to be an invention of the Nats) really doesn’t wash. The evidence to support this article is missing and meanwhile the Yes campaign sinks every day.”
Its interesting to note that this very active contributor rounds up the sample size by nearly 2,000 at the time of posting. But perhaps of more interest is that The Scotsmans average daily circulation figures at the last time of measurement was approximately 32,000.
So in effect about all of the Scotsmans total readership voted in this poll in just over 2 days! Remarkable.
It was not the SNP or the Yes campaign who christened Better Together as Project Fear, but rather some Better Together staffers in talking to the Herald… Not surprising that The SNP should make optimum use of that blunder.
At least it would appear that Better Together have some staff who are at least honest with themselves about what Better Together is about.
Perhaps some in the Scotsman should have a look at themselves in a similar vein?
Other than the quite incredible voting figures in this poll, there is another reason to question its validity, and that is in even the most negative of professional polling organisations… There are zero results that have stooped as low as a mere 10% of Scots supporting YES.
Even if every single one of us conducted a personal poll of the people we know, not one of us would have such a majority of friends who were already decided on their voting intention, amounting to 90% of who we know voting NO.
If anything this poll by the Scotsman shows an element of desperation from the anti independence side, that they feel they have to grossly manipulate such polls as these, by machine voting. Getting a computer to constantly vote in your favour to manipulate figures, is rather sad really.
But worse still for the Scotsman to allow it to happen in what was once regarded as a quality newspaper. How times have indeed changed.
All these petty antics by the paper and Better Together supporters, will only serve to reduce their credibility to zero.
But perhaps I should not complain too much, better to let them carry on with it….Folks are not daft and even the most gullible will get to the stage that even if the Scotsman and their like, or the Better Together mob came up with something credible, nobody would believe a word of what they say.
It is one thing to be honestly negative, but when that becomes nothing more than a tissue of lies, and gross manipulation and complete distortion of the facts, then the game really is a bogey.
When people actually measure that up against the stark reality of their lives and their daily living, the truth is to be found, not in a biased newspaper, not on the tv, but in the daily budget,the cost of our shopping and food and petrol,how little our pensions, wages, benefits, stretch in our struggles to live, and the conditions which have to be endured.
None of these things can be disputed, because we know how we have to live, and what we have to pay for, and what we do without.
The negativity of the scare stories of what may or may not be in an Independent Scotland, is nothing next to what we are actually living through in a failed and corrupted British State.
And nobody can manipulate the reality of that!
All we have left, Is the hope and the belief of what we can do better for ourselves, If we are given the chance. And we will have that chance, if we choose to grasp it.