This morning I noticed a Daily Mail poll for the winner of last night’s leaders’ debate, so I cast my vote
The results looked like this
(This picture was recorded after lunch at 14.29, so it says I’d already voted.) At the time of writing it is still there, at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/polls/poll.html?pollId=1017189, though not for much longer I suspect.
Then I saw on Twitter a link to the refpls web site. They had very smartly noticed that the URL for the poll, linked from the Mail’s front page, and from the article on the debate, had changed to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/polls/poll.html?pollId=1017190, So I voted again there and this time I wasn’t told I’d already voted. The result was utterly different. At about 14.30 it showed Cameron ahead (just).
Admittedly the first poll shows a pretty exaggerated idea of Clegg’s lead. That’s why on-line polls like this are worth next-to-nothing,
It seems that the Daily Mail. not liking the result of their first poll, simply trashed it and began again.
Even by the standards of the Daily Mail, that is cynical dishonesty.
You can vote yourself in the second version at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/polls/poll.html?pollId=1017190
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