I've just received this very disturbing email -
"Was just phoned by Ipsos Mori asking for the views of 16 to 34 year olds ahead of the referendum. At the end of the interview, I asked when the poll was going to be published, and was told that the poll's findings would be published before the debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, with some of the findings used as questions. Off the top of my head I was asked which way I intend to vote, how likely I am to vote, which currency Scotland would use, how much of a risk independence would be, how would independence affect public spending, healthcare etc, how likely it is that more powers will be given, how more powers would affect my voting position and how much better off I will be due to independence. That isn't an all inclusive list nor are the questions all worded correctly- however I do find it strange that the majority of the questions were those that could be spun against Alex Salmond as opposed to Alistair Darling. I'm not sure if this poll's use in the debate is yet common knowledge - maybe I'm slow."
I'm hoping against hope that this is just a misunderstanding. As I recall, the BBC have a policy that explicitly forbids the commissioning of voting intention polls. If they've lost their marbles and ignored that policy, it would obviously severely call into question the corporation's neutrality if they had also selected one of the most No-friendly firms to conduct the poll. At least STV had the (thin) excuse that they'd used Ipsos-Mori before.