So Who Voted Yes and Who Voted No?

One of the common features of political polling is that while a plethora appear in advance of an election or a referendum, nobody bothers to conduct a poll afterwards. For newspapers, the most common commissioners, polls are of interest beforehand because they provide a basis for speculating about what will happen when polling day does […]

So How Well Did The Polls Do?

Clearly the most important features of the referendum result are which side won and which lost, and how politicians react and respond to the outcome. But there is also another question to be asked of the result – how well did the polls do and which was closest to the result? Here is a table […]

More Polls: Still Close!

Yesterday evening saw the publication of what are almost the final polls of the campaign – there is one more from Ipsos MORI due to appear in today’s Evening Standard. Between them they affirmed the impression created by the polls released on Monday evening that the outcome of the referendum is on a knife-edge but […]

Poll of Polls: 17 September FINAL

The graph below shows What Scotland Thinks’ latest Poll of Polls and how it has evolved over time. The latest and last Poll of Polls is based on two polls by Survation,  two by Ipsos MORI, one by YouGov and one by Panelbase, and one by ICM.  The polls were conducted between 12 and 17 […]

Poll of Polls: 17 September

The graph below shows What Scotland Thinks’ latest Poll of Polls and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by Survation,  one poll by YouGov, one by Panelbase, one by Ipsos MORI, and one poll by ICM.  The polls were conducted between 12 and 17 September. […]

A Remarkable Outbreak of Unity!

Three polls of voting intentions were released yesterday evening and appear in today’s papers. One was conducted by ICM for The Scotsman, one by Survation for the Daily Mail while the third was undertaken by Opinium for the Daily Telegraph. After undecided voters are left to one side, all three out Yes on 48% and […]

Poll of Polls: 16 September

The graph below shows What Scotland Thinks’ latest Poll of Polls and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by ICM, two by Survation,  one by Panelbase  and one by Opinium,  The polls were conducted between 9 and 16 September. The following new polls have been […]

How accurate will the Scottish independence referendum polls be?

This is an updated and modified version of a blog post that appeared at electionsetc.com on 11th September. The vote intention polls for the Scottish independence referendum seem to have been taken largely at face value by commentators, politicians and even the financial markets. In particular, the roughly equal split of the vote between Yes […]

New (Late) Boys On The Block Also Say It Is Close

The excitement generated by the narrowing of the No lead in the polls has unsurprisingly persuaded new media organisations to enter the polling fray. On Friday The Guardian commissioned its first poll of voting intentions in the referendum. Today its stablemate, The Observer, has done the same. That paper regularly publishes Westminster voting intention polls […]

Poll of Polls: 12 September Version 2

The graph below shows What Scotland Thinks’ latest Poll of Polls and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by ICM, one by Survation, one by YouGov, one by Panelbase  and one by Opinium,  The polls were conducted between 9 and 12 September. The following new […]

Poll of Polls: 12 September Version 1

The graph below shows What Scotland Thinks’ latest Poll of Polls and how it has evolved over time. The latest Poll of Polls is based on two polls by ICM, two by Survation, one by YouGov  and one by Opinium,  The polls were conducted between 5 and 12 September. The following new polls have been […]

ICM Put Yes Ahead – Perhaps

ICM returns today to using the internet for its polling, this time for the Sunday Telegraph. Much of the interviewing for this latest poll in fact happened on the same days as that for the company’s poll in Saturday’s Guardian. However, this poll is a smaller exercise than those the company has been undertaking regularly […]

Survation Phone Poll Gets Much The Same Result Too

Survation have this afternoon released the result of a poll it has conducted for the Better Together campaign. Just as yesterday ICM released the results of a poll that had been conducted by phone rather than, as the company had done previously, over the internet, so also today’s poll is a phone poll from a […]

Tracking the Polls: Rapid Movement to Yes, but is it Enough?

Since the YouGov/Sunday Times poll last Sunday, September 7th, reported a narrow Yes lead and prompted the current crisis reaction from both political parties and news organisations, the polls have been very consistent. They have ranged from the Survation poll on September 9th at 47% for Yes to the ICM poll on September 11th at […]