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A different headline Aug 22

theguardian announces:

Tories open nine-point lead as Labour drops to 19-year low

Wow. The Tories went up a lot?

Actually, no. The Conservatives have gained 1%, Labour have dropped 4% and the LibDems have gone up 5%. How this squares with the article saying

The poll shows former Labour voters switching to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in almost equal numbers

is not quite clear to me. Anyway, here’s an alternative headline for you:

LibDem support increases 30%

The same poll, incidentally, found that 72% of people think that

government policies such as backing for action in Iraq and Afghanistan have made this country more of a target for terrorists

while only 20% believe the Government tells the truth on terror.

3 Responses

  1. 1
    Rob F 

    We’ve gone up five because of an anomalous poll the last time which cut us down to 17. I think. I can’t really be bothered to check my facts.

  2. 2

    That’s the one up side of getting knocked down – if you return to form later it counts as a boost 🙂

  3. 3
    Mark P 

    You’re mistaken Rob – that last Guardian poll put us down 1% on the previous Guardian poll. So up 5% is rather more than reverting to type.