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A-G: Tebbutt-Times Often Wrong

Polls conducted through daily newspaper Fiji Times – the Tebbutt-Times Poll is known to be wrong often, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The newspaper recently published results of a poll on
29 Jun 2015 11:45
A-G: Tebbutt-Times Often Wrong

Polls conducted through daily newspaper Fiji Times – the Tebbutt-Times Poll is known to be wrong often, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The newspaper recently published results of a poll on the changing of the Fijian flag issue, which Mr Sayed-Khaiyum questioned.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “Tebbutt has been known to be incorrect previously. Even prior to the elections, they made some predictions through the Fiji Times and they were also incorrect. They were in fact completely wrong.

“We are concerned about the sample size he is talking about. We are concerned about the manner in which the sample size is distributed. Obviously, your ability to get a response from a sample size of about a thousand on landline and mobile phones is again limited.

“How was the age determined, what percentage of it was from the rural area, what percentage of it was from the urban areas, what were those urban and rural areas?

“You see, just because a poll was published, it doesn’t make it necessarily correct. We know that polls which have been conducted through the Fiji Times previously have been proven to  be wrong on a number of occasions.

“So, we take it with a pinch of salt. The feedback that we have been receiving is that a lot more Fijians are not engaged with the flag issue.

“As the Prime Minister highlighted in his speech about a week ago in Raiwai, there is a bit of vakamalua attitude towards people getting engaged in these things and now we have a lot more people engaged in it.”

Fiji Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Wesley last night said: “Obviously everybody is entitled to their opinion.

“The Fiji Times has confidence in the credibility of Tebbutt Research. The Tebbutt Times Poll has been funded by The Fiji Times and conducted independently by Tebbutt Research since 1992.

“We believe the Tebbutt research to be a very credible way of finding out peoples’ opinions and we stand by the results.

“All Tebbutt Times opinion polls are conducted in accordance with the world code of practice published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and World Association of Market Research Professionals (ESOMAR).”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum last week appeared on a talkback show Aaina on FBC radio which was later replayed on FBC TV  and none of the callers who called in voiced their objections to flag change.

He said that people raised their issues with designs chosen but they were not against the idea of changing the flag.

One of the callers had also offered to donate a flag pole which he boasted to be the longest in the country for the big reveal of the flags.

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