Banning Election Coverage and Opinion Polls - trends in support 1979-2010

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on...? ...party election broadcasts on TV and radio? ...all coverage of the election on TV and radio? ..all coverage of the election in newspapers? ...publication of opinion polls?

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on...?

...all coverage of the election on TV and radio?

...party political broadcasts on TV and radio?

...all coverage of the election in newspapers?

...publication of opinion polls?

Overview

% "yes, there should be a ban" 1979 2 June 1983 11 June 1987 7-25 March 1991 25-28 April 1992 26-29 January 1996 25-28 April 1997 5-10 May 2005 18-19 April 2010
  % % % % % % % % %
All coverage of the election on TV and radio  n/a 13 12  14  n/a 18 15 11 11
Party political broadcasts on TV and radio*  n/a 14 25  18  n/a 22 20 14 17
All coverage of the election in newspapers  n/a 9 16  10  n/a 12 10 10 12
Publication of opinion polls**  32 22 25  21  36 22 16 15 17

*Asked as "party election broadcasts" in 1992 and 2010

**In 1979 and 1992, asked as "Do you think that the publication of opinion polls should be banned during an election or not?"

Base: c. 1,000-2,000 GB adults aged 18+

Detail

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on all coverage of the election on TV and radio?

  2 June 1983 11 June 1987 7-25 March 1991 26-29 January 1996 25-28 April 1997 5-10 May 2005 18-19 April 2010
  % % % % % % %
Yes, there should be a ban 13 12 14 18 15 11 11
No there should not be a ban 84 73 84 76 83 84 88
Don't know 3 3 2 6 2 5  1

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on party political broadcasts on TV and radio?*

  2 June 1983 11 June 1987 7-25 March 1991 26-29 January 1996 25-28 April 1997 5-10 May 2005 18-19 April 2010
  % % % % % % %
Yes, there should be a ban 14 25 18 22 20 14  17
No there should not be a ban 82 72 79 73 78 82  82
Don't know 3 3 2 5 2 5  1

 *Asked as "party election broadcasts" in 1992 and 2010

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on all coverage of the election in newspapers?

  2 June 1983 11 June 1987 7-25 March 1991 26-29 January 1996 25-28 April 1997 5-10 May 2005 18-19 April 2010
  % % % % % % %
Yes, there should be a ban 9 16 10 12 10 10 12
No there should not be a ban 87 81 88 82 88 84 86
Don't know 4 3 2 6 2 5 2

Q During an election campaign do you think there should or should not be a ban on publication of opinion polls?

 

  1979* 2 June 1983 11 June 1987 7-25 March 1991 25-28 April 1992 26-29 January 1996 25-28 April 1997 5-10 May 2005 18-19 April 2010
  % % % % % % % % %
Yes, there should be a ban  32 22 25 21 36 22 16 15 17
No there should not be a ban  56 71 71 74 53 69 78 79 80
Don't know  12 7 4 5 11 9 5 7 3

*In 1979 and 1992, asked as "Do you think that the publication of opinion polls should be banned during an election or not?"

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