“Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?”
Technical literature on survey design is clear that questions phrased in this way result in a “small but significant increase in the amount of people voting yes.”
And it has now emerged that even students as young as 14 are taught that these types of questions are wrong. Having explained why the sample is likely to be biased, this ExExcel GCSE statistics paper asks young students why a “Do you agree …” question will skew results:
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