It's probably not unusual for political parties to commission private polling which tests how voters react to a set of fairly extreme propaganda statements. However, it's certainly quite rare for us to ever get a look at that polling. One of the few examples I can think of was a YouGov poll conducted for Archie Stirling's vanity project "Scottish Voice" in the run-up to the 2007 Holyrood election. The decision to publish it was baffling, given that it showed only around 20% of voters were responsive to even the most absurdly leading questions.
Stirling did of course have the excuse of being a political amateur, but there's no such alibi for UKIP's extraordinary decision to allow Populus to publish a hugely embarrassing private poll that seemingly hoped to establish that the people of Scotland view David Coburn as the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Please read the following statements and tell us whether you agree or disagree with them.
I am personally very angry that David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland, has been excluded from the STV leaders' debate this week.
David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland, hasn't received the recognition he deserves for helping secure a No vote in the independence referendum.
I would despair of Scottish politics if it wasn't for the new hope provided by David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland.
My admiration for David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland, has increased over the last twelve months.
The world needs more strong leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland.
I would be proud to walk down the street wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of David Coburn, leader of UKIP Scotland.
That's not a typo, by the way - ZERO per cent of respondents fancied bearing an image of Coburn on their chest. I am quite simply dumbfounded - what possible utility does anyone in UKIP think there is in letting people know that these barking mad questions were even asked in the first place, let alone what the answers were? Perhaps someone just pressed the wrong button - we'll know for sure that's the case if the poll mysteriously disappears from the Populus website by mid-morning.