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Daily Telegraph readers’ poll says Falklands ‘should be returned’ to Argentina

Monday, March 5th 2012 - 05:38 UTC
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Cruise vessels in Stanley during a busy visit (Photo by Donald Morrison) Cruise vessels in Stanley during a busy visit (Photo by Donald Morrison)

According to an ongoing opinion poll among readers of The Telegraph on line, over 55% believe the Falklands/Malvinas should be returned to Argentina, and an estimated 14% say the Islanders should hold a referendum to decide.

The poll is at the end of an article with the heading “Argentina prevents cruise ships from docking” credited to Victoria Ward, and the question is naïve and direct, “Should Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina?

When the results showed that 25.771 people had voted, 58% said they should be returned; 28% they should not be returned and 14% Islanders should hold a referendum to decide.

The Daily Telegraph has an estimated daily circulation of 650.000 and its editorial line is considered close to the Conservative party.

However it must be said that media readers’ poll do not have the scientific rigour of an organized public opinion poll from which conclusions can be extracted and much depends on how the question is presented. In this case the word ‘return’ is not indicative of the situation or a neutral position,

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  • Lord Ton

    The poll was not restricted to British subjects - there was a surge of Argentine interest following publicity

    Mar 05th, 2012 - 06:06 am 0
  • Helber Galarga

    here we go....^^ and the explanations to the poll begin...

    Mar 05th, 2012 - 06:28 am 0
  • Lord Ton

    I rather hope that the Telegraph takes some stick. A facebook campaign and no restriction on the voters means that Argentina has been handed a golden opportunity to embarrass a British newspaper. They rather deserve it.

    It was I suppose a 'readers' poll. I bet they've never had so much Argie readership :-)

    Mar 05th, 2012 - 06:45 am 0
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