YouGov ‘banned’ release of 2017 leader debate poll because it was ‘too good for Labour’

The Independent says bosses at YouGov suppressed publication of a poll during the 2017 election campaign because it was "too positive about Labour", a former manager at the pollster has claimed.

YouGov ‘banned’ release of 2017 leader debate poll because it was ‘too good for Labour’

The Independent says bosses at YouGov suppressed publication of a poll during the 2017 election campaign because it was “too positive about Labour”, a former manager at the pollster has claimed.

Chris Curtis said a poll conducted after a key leadership debate showed Jeremy Corbyn had won “by a country mile” but that the pollster banned its release while under pressure from its Tory MP founder.

YouGov denies Mr Curtis’s characterisation of events and says the poll was in fact pulled because it had “a skewed sample” – but Labour figures branded the claims “shocking” and said they raised questions about “the health of our democracy”.

In a post on social media on Wednesday Mr Curtis, who is now head of political polling at competitor Opinium said: “We did a fantastic debate poll in the hours following the debate that Corbyn took part in.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/poll-labour-yougov-2017-election-b2096555.html

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