Political polls way off target

NANAIMO – A total of 809 responses is going to tell us how the province will vote in the provincial election?

To the Editor,

The March 18-19 Angus Reid political poll is bogus.

More than 1.5 million B.C. residents voted in the 2009 provincial election.

The recent poll had a total of 809 responses,  of which 688 said they will be voting for the NDP and had voted for the NDP in 2009.

A total of 809 responses is going to tell us how the province will vote in the provincial election?  Nonsense.

How can Angus Reid come up with so many responses that also voted for the NDP in 2009? Are they polling equally across the province? Polls are only polls and the true poll is on May 14.

In the meantime, if Angus Reid wants to do a more accurate poll, they have to poll all 85 B.C. ridings, taking 1,000 responses in each riding, from the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until the polling is complete.

This is the only  fair and honest way to do a poll and keep all options equal.

Polls done in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario showed opposition parties double digits ahead of incumbent governments and yet on election day, all incumbent governments were returned.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan