In the 1997 election, Labour party politicians complained about the publication of opinion-polls, and suggested banning them in the last week of a campaign. Recently we have seen the "leaking" of polls by FG and possibly others, usually without data that would allow us to confirm the veracity of such 'polls'. For example, we are usually not being told e.g. FG Wexford, Laois-Offaly, Dublin SW polls, the sample-size, the margin of error, and how proportional the results were regarding male/female, age-profile and concentration of voters in parts of the constituency. In that context, I believe that there is a risk of voters being misled. In that context I propose the following restrictions on the publication of polling-data:
A: No polls published in the last week of campaign.
B: Polls can only be published if with information confirming the scientificity of the poll i.e. sample-size, margin-of-error, when the poll was conducted, representative of social-profile of constituency.
C: Info on who carried out the poll.