Question Wording and Data Sourcing

This article briefly considers two issues: question wording in public opinion polling, and statements about where data comes from.

A Question of Wording

Questions on whether the British public should have a further referendum on exiting the European Union have a panoply of variants. How these questions are worded induces different responses, based on conceptual differences and mere choice in language.

This phenomenon was recently illustrated when the same company, surveying people in the same time period…