JQH wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 21, 2023 10:59 pm
And if a poll said 60% favoured the Rwanda policy would that mean we should drop opposition to that too?
We should oppose even if 99% favoured it because it is an immoral and unjust policy. That is not the same as saying that the leader of the Labour party should make his opposition to it part of a campaign to be elected - on the contrary, in such circumstances he should keep quiet about it and concentrate on those moral and just policies that are popular.
However, polls can be very deceptive. Looking at the YouGov poll on Rwanda (To what extent do you support or oppose the government's proposed policy to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda?
- answer: a slight majority favour it), I read another that was promoted on the website: Would you rather watch a film about...
which found that 36% chose "A biographical thriller about Robert Oppenheimer, one of the key figures in the development of the nuclear bomb", 9% chose "A fantasy comedy film based on the Barbie fashion dolls" and 10% chose "Both". Box office reports show these figures are wildly wrong. Barbie is significantly more popular than Oppenheimer - not a mere quarter. Though there is one interesting point - the figure for "Both" as a proportion of those wanting to watch either is 18% (10% of 36+9+10), and Oppenheimer and Barbie give Vue cinemas best UK weekend since Covid
tells us that "(Vue) said a fifth of its customers had bought tickets to see both films", so that figure seems accurate. We can conclude that when people are asked a question, even by a reputable polling organisation, their responses may be highly inaccurate.