Campaign pamphlets supporting Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, are stacked before distribution [Image: AFP/Getty].

The pollsters have been wrong too often. French newspaper bosses have realised they can’t be trusted.

Whether the ‘weighting’ they use is misplaced, or perhaps they are simply skewed to support the politics of whoever commissioned them, political opinion polls aren’t worth the time they take to read these days.

But still This Site gets bombarded with the latest nonsense from YouGov, ICM, Ipsos-MORI or whoever, the instant it sees the light of day.

Get a grip, people. Learn to recognise when somebody’s pulling your chain.

France’s love-hate relationship with opinion polls is in the spotlight after a newspaper announced it would stop commissioning polls in the run-up to the French presidential election and instead do more on-the-ground reporting to sound out the public mood.

The unprecedented decision by the daily Le Parisien came after months of discussion in the paper’s newsroom following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election in the US – both of which caught media and some pollsters by surprise.

Source: French newspaper abandons opinion polls in run-up to election | World news | The Guardian

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