Should Scotland be an independent country? (Hanbury/Onward)
12th February - 1st March:
5th - 9th March:
I must say I'm extremely hazy about Hanbury's actual status as a pollster. They're members of the British Polling Council, and yet describe themselves as a "strategic advisory firm". Even more confusingly, they were listed as the client for a YouGov independence poll around a year ago. I'm not sure if it's one of those set-ups where they get 'proper' pollsters to do the fieldwork for them but then put their own branding on it.
Needless to say, the "strategic advice" they offer seems, as far as Scottish politics is concerned, to be for unionist clients. They probably do deserve some sort of industry award for somehow managing to hypnotise the media into thinking that two polls showing thumping Yes majorities are somehow a bad news story for the SNP and the indy movement. Do a Google search for "Hanbury" and savour the Comical Ali style headlines.
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