Should political polls be abolished?

June 6, 2017 Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , POLITICS , UK


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Hazel Speed


I have never understood the point of political polls, at best, they are unreliable, and at worst, manipulative.

When any General Election period is announced, every Party is allocated a percentage of their estimated possible gains, or losses, both nationally or locally.

Then we are told what are ‘safe seats’ for one location, which will sway those with alternate political views from even voting. The prediction may be totally wrong, as we often see surprises, even for so-called safe seats. The same can work in reverse too on a few levels, one being that of inciting political ‘devil’s advocate’ voting.

As for ‘tactical voting’ generally that itself is anything but democratic, rather it is prostituting one’s political belief to trip up another Party.

To say at any stage, from the beginning, midway or near the end of campaigning, that one Party or another has no chance of winning, or another is predicted to win, are all statements which hinder democracy and create a political bias. People are influenced, which is why this is done.

Why do we need to know these things? Surely we should just vote according to our own beliefs and consciences, then find out the results.

It is about time this practice is abolished as it serves no sensible purpose, one which is anything but honourable.





Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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1 Comment

  1. p c k prem June 06, at 11:14

    Appropriate write up...thought can also lead to possible solution ?


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