In her column “Opinion Polls and Their Vastly Diverging Results” (March 12), Carol Paton gives ample space to ANC pollster and Wits University academic David Everatt to criticise the Institute of Race Relations’ (IRR) most recent market research, but none to the IRR to return the favour. All of what Everatt says about the IRR’s poll is wrong, and frankly suggests he has no idea what constitutes best polling practice these days. Allocating undecided voters is not “guesswork”, it is scientific and rational, and standard practice the world over among serious polling companies. Our sample is random, which, if he bothered to properly read the full methodology (which would require first asking for it), he would know. And so on and so forth. But look, whatever. Here is the thing: Everatt’s poll has the DA on 14% in Gauteng. That is a mad number. Bonkers, in fact. The IRR has the DA on 32.4% on the provincial ballot, as of the end of February, and into the mid-30s on lower turnout. But don’...

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