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YouGov Response To The Question About Whether Benefit Claimants Should Be Allowed To Vote

March 28, 2018

Yesterday, our story about YouGov’s poll question about whether benefit claimants should be allowed to vote was picked up by two well respected political websites, Evolve Politics and The Canary.

As part of their excellent article on the subject, The Canary managed to get a response from a YouGov spokesperson who said:

 

This question was asked for an academic client for use in an academic study. Our job is to measure public opinion and this includes asking questions about things that some people will be uncomfortable with. These tend to be for academic and pressure group clients who are looking to explore and counter the views they are asking about. This is the case in this instance.

 

Same Difference fully agrees with The Canary who go on to say:

In the UK, we have mainstream media peddling stereotypes that people on benefits are scroungers. Now, YouGov has included benefit claimants in a poll asking who should be denied the vote. Even if it’s for “academic study”, this could further fuel stigma against people who use the welfare system.

 Academic study or not, Same Difference is outraged by the question. It should never have been asked in the first place. We would like to add that, considering that YouGov keep records on each person who takes their emailed surveys, we feel that the fact that they sent the question to someone who has previously told them she claims benefits, our editor, only makes the situation worse.

 

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2018 7:52 am

    Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion.

  2. Justin permalink
    March 28, 2018 9:50 am

    Ii do hope there going to show this study to everyone, particurly as was mentioned that this survey was put forward by a tory mp, which seems odd that the person doing the study could not do it themselves, it does not sit with me that this is a study, I give it the benefit of the doubt, however if they dare to use this to label us as scroungers then I shall take great pleasure in invoicing them my scrounging hours as a volunteer, my scrounging hours handling appeals and tribunals for there fitness to work cases at a princely sum of minimum wage x hours, some of us scroungers though nto always fit for work do voluntary hours and wiil take deep humbrage to some half thought out academic study commissioned by a tory mp, as in the tv series one foot in the grave favourite catchphrase goes” OI don’t believe it” particurly as this is something that originally was a idiotic smith thought ass well

  3. March 29, 2018 11:24 am

    All of the WCA, general DWP Abuse, and the public sectors Hate originated with BS Quackademic studies.

    Are the labour party going to fund an “academic study” asking whether Jews should be allowed to vote?
    It’s only an “academic study” so that’s ok, right :/

    “YouGov keep records on each person who takes their emailed surveys, we feel that the fact that they sent the question to someone who has previously told them she claims benefits, our editor, only makes the situation worse.”

    Maybe –
    Malicious Communications Act –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/27/section/1

    Or just plain Intimidation (along with those hate trolls accusing you of ‘fake news’).
    Equality Act 2010
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents
    Especially sections
    26. Harassment –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/26
    and 27. Victimisation –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/27

    Perverting The Course of Justice –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/public_justice_offences_incorporating_the_charging_standard/

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