Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Depends what you want to hear

In a poll of Daily Express readers yesterday, 98 percent said they believed Britons are being conned over man-made global warming theories, we are told.

In The Guardian, however, we see: "three in four British voters believe Gordon Brown and world leaders are on an important mission at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, according to a new Guardian/ICM poll."

Voters overwhelmingly reject the view of climate change sceptics that world leaders "are panicking about an exaggerated threat", says the paper.

I guess it depends how you ask the question – and the context. Polls are a bit like statistics ... especially of the global warming kind. They seem to find what those who commission them want to hear.