ARE RAZOR POLLS FAKED?
Last Saturday’s Razor poll showed two major changes from earlier weeks. The People’s Democratic Party founded by trade unionists jumped from one to eight percent and the PM’s party Fiji First dropped from 66 to 57%. The Sun’s political editor Nemani Delaibatiki attributed the PDP rise to uncertainties surrounding the Fiji Labour Party with the outcome of Chaudhry’s sentence still uNknown, and the FF’s fall to a spike the week before when the PM lauNched his blue bus campaign.
Several of my Fiji friends and former colleagues doubt the reliability of the Razor Polls, inferring that the results are rigged.
Razor and the Fiji Sun are owned by C.J. Patel which raises questions of the poll independence. I have no way of checking on these accusations but I can’t see why anyone would run a faked poll right up to the elections when their accuracy will be known, and possible duplicity exposed. For a few weeks perhaps, to influence public opinion, but not for the whole time.
Another friend pointed to how an earlier polls conducted by Tebbutt Poll were frequently well out with their predictions, and this of course is a “given” with with all polls but the Razor polls to dte show very clear results which raise only two questions: 1. Did those questioned fear giving their honest opinions? 2. Has Razor fudged the results?
I shall continue to record and report poll results for some more weeks, and then attempt an analysis of findings, trends and reliability.