So apologies for the slight lull in the release of data from the new Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase poll, but the bulk of the results is actually still to come - we have six or seven more GRA or gender-related questions, plus no fewer than three more sets of voting intention numbers, including the all-important question about voters' lower preferences in the local elections next May. Part of the reason for holding back briefly has been just in case some part of the mainstream media is interested in running one of the remaining results as an exclusive - as you may have seen, the second GRA question featured in the Sunday Times at the weekend. The National also reported on the questions about Royal interference in the independence debate, the devolution of broadcasting powers, and whether the recent shortages of petrol and goods has strengthened the case for independence. You can read my own analysis pieces in The National HERE and HERE. I believe Neale Hanvey MP has also mentioned the poll in his column for the Fife Free Press.
FUNDRAISING FOR POLLS: As I've mentioned a few times, the crowdfunding for this current poll didn't reach the required amount, and I'm having to cover the shortfall with my own money. So to be able to run any further Scot Goes Pop polling, on independence or on any other subject, we're going to have reach the £6500 target figure in the new fundraiser, or at least come very close to it. So far we're just over the halfway mark, which is a fantastic start, and a million thanks to everyone who has donated over the last couple of weeks. However, there have been potentially ominous signs of the donation rate slowing in recent days, so please bear with me as I continue to promote the fundraiser heavily - there's simply no point in leaving the job half done. It's really important that we as the pro-independence movement crowdfund our own polling from time to time, because there's no other way of ensuring that the questions we want to be asked are actually asked. The grim alternative is that all polls will be commissioned by anti-independence clients, with the inevitable slant in the way the questions are posed. (That was exactly the problem we faced during the long indyref campaign, with very few exceptions.)
One issue that always comes up when I crowdfund, but has come up even more this time than usual, is that some people are slightly allergic to donating via a fundraising platform like GoFundMe - they would prefer a more direct payment option. I've received a few emails from people saying "I would have donated if I could pay you without going through a middle man". When I launched the fundraiser, I did actually give my Paypal details as a direct payment method, but I'm happy to do so once again.
Paypal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paypal is actually by far the most convenient option, both for me and for those making donations, because the money is transferred immediately and without any fuss. A number of people have already chosen to donate that way. All you need to do is make sure the above email address is entered accurately, and when you're asked if you wish to attach a note just put "poll" or "fundraiser" so I can easily earmark the funds and add them to the running total. (But don't worry if you don't do the latter bit - I hardly ever receive money via Paypal for any other reason, so it'll be pretty obvious what it's for!)
However, some people have an allergy to Paypal as well as to fundraising sites, and have urged me to provide my bank details so they can donate by direct bank transfer instead. If you'd really prefer to donate that way, please contact me by email. My contact email address is different from my Paypal address, and can be found in the sidebar of the desktop version of this blog, or on my Twitter profile.