Most pollsters want their data publicly available, but some take issue with how aggregators combine their data with others' work, saying that when those projections are off, pollsters bear the brunt of the blowback. And some say predictions on the probability of a party’s victory, can depress turnout.
Pictured top left to right, Angus Reid Institute's Shachi Kurl; CBC's Éric Grenier, and Léger360's Christian Bourque; Ekos' Frank Graves, above left; Nanos' Nik Nanos; and Abacus Data's David Coletto. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file photos, and handouts
Several Canadian pollsters are divided on whether poll aggregators can repurpose their data without consent, though some are concerned with how all the numbers get packaged for public consumption.
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