Latest Poll Almost Certainly A Mistake
4 September 2005
Latest Poll Almost Certainly A
The latest Colmar Brunton poll, showing National
eight points ahead of Labour, is almost certainly wrong
according to Labour's campaign spokesman Pete Hodgson.
"Polls are reported with a margin of error based on a 95
per cent confidence level. That means 19 out of every 20
polls are accurate within the margin of error. It also means
that one poll in 20 records findings outside the margin of
error," said Pete Hodgson.
"This poll sits well outside
the findings of many polls over the past few days or weeks
and is therefore almost certainly a mistake rather than a
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