Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yes Scotland faces calls to publish 2014 poll results after it shows dramatic turnaround in 16-24 years old vote; undecided females and parents with young children, indy support has totally collapsed but a ‘private’ Yes poll says it is rising, there is an issue of trust here to be looked at

Dear All

Yes Scotland is seen as an SNP front by Scots, it is full of Team Sturgeon and Team Salmond cronies, to pad out the numbers, the independence campaign has some Greens on their staff.

Awhile ago I described the organization headed by Blair Jenkins as a crony ridden pit, and if you read the blog regularly you will also have read I say that there is a genuine lack of telnet in the Scottish National Party.

Scottish independence has collapsed, despite their own belief in how ‘clever’ they are, in the big world, they are small fish in a small pond.

The latest PR disaster to hit the mortally wounded campaign run by Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minster Nicola Sturgeon is one regarding trust.

YES Scotland is under pressure to publish the results of polling research claiming support for independence is rising among women, 16 to 24-year-olds and parents with young children. I find that hard to believe given the polls show a continual collapse of support for independence with Nicola Sturgeon at the helm.

Seizing on the lack of transparency, the pro-Union Better Together campaign says rules governing polling state the full results must be published.

Why can’t Scots know the truth?

This is a question which should be asked of Yes Scotland, if you are making claims then you must be open to have your data available for scrutiny.

The Yes Campaign insisted the rules did not govern internal research findings. If they had not published the data, then that could be a valid point, but they went public.

Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall said:

"This looks like a rookie campaigning error but it has serious consequences for Yes Scotland. The rules are clear: if you publish results from your private polling you must publish the full results. You cannot make some polling results public, but then claim it is private."

This doubt regarding trust will hang over Yes Scotland until someone ‘comes clean’, to an outsider it looks like deception.

The Yes campaign's internal polling research, reported in press says there was now a majority in favour of independence among 16-24 year-olds.

This seems to be completely at odds with recent public polling which put the percentage of this group in favour of a Yes vote at only 21%.

Has something happened to justify a massive increase in support?

No, there is no increase in support, so Yes Scotland must publish their full results.

As well as failing to win the youth vote, claims of majority support for independence among families with young children of a shift is equally questioned. The TV programmes from the female perspective on Scottish independence hasn’t gone well for the Nationalist camp.

Female "don't know" respondents aren’t moving towards a Yes vote, because the feedback of polls shows that not enough information has been made available.

Mr. McDougall added:

While every public opinion poll has shown support for separation falling since the launch of Yes Scotland, the Nationalists claim they have a poll that shows the opposite. Let's see it. The regulations say that if Yes Scotland's pollster is a member of the British Polling Council they must now publish their full tables”.

Support for Scottish independence has totally collapsed, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon aren’t able to turn this around, now we have a rogue poll coming from Yes Scotland who aren’t being transparent and open with the public.

The Scottish National Party leadershuip have a track record of making claims which upon inspection turn out to be false.

Yes Scotland is seen as an SNP front, it is staffed by the SNP, run by the SNP and funded by the SNP.

So much for an open, honest and transparent debate coming from the Nationalist camp!

The story is not the results, it is the PR disaster and cover up, I said a genuine lack of talent and guess what?

George Laird right again!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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