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Apr 23, 2012

Media briefs: Seven’s V8 DNF … Leveson latest … WaPo blogger fail …

Poll confusion in Labor death knell. Labor would lose both chambers if an election were held now," the headline 

Poll confusion in Labor death knell. Labor would lose both chambers if an election were held now,” the headline in The Sydney Morning Herald screams. Fresh disaster? Is it all over? Well, not exactly.

The “both chambers” story is Peter Hartcher giving Labor both barrels. Taking anonymous internal ALP analysis from a single poll in March, rather than an average of polls over time, the finding is “an absolute worst-case scenario” rather than a likely one, according to, erm, the SMH‘s own pollster John Stirton at Nielsen — as he notes halfway down the story. Oh, and also the use of state breakdowns to arrive at Senate tallies gives you error-prone results, according to Stirton.

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: Seven’s V8 DNF … Leveson latest … WaPo blogger fail …

  1. Meski

    As opposed to a piece of equipment that wasn’t technical, like the piece of wet string Seven usually uses for its broadcasts.

  2. Charles Richardson

    Good catch on the Hartcher piece, Guy – truly dreadful. With the added problem that it’s based on a half-Senate election, which can’t legally be held before August 2013.

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