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Paper in poll scam shock

Issue No. 1712

Paper in poll scam shock

A MAJORITY of people said in a survey that they didnt agree with the News of the Worlds recent naming and shaming campaign against paedophiles.

That revelation came from a Mori poll the paper commissioned and selectively published two weeks ago.

The paper tried to bury the findings, which showed that 51 percent of people thought the News of the Worlds naming and shaming policy was wrong.

Only 38 percent supported the papers actions.

Just 3 percent of people said that a convicted paedophile should be publicly named as part of a strategy to protect children.

The paper only wanted to publish the results of the loaded question it asked about giving parents information on paedophiles in their area.

It then claimed the 82 percent result showed there was "massive public support" for its naming and shaming of paedophiles.

In fact the poll revealed 23 percent agreed with Socialist Workers argument that childrens safety would be improved through restrictions on speed limits, more traffic control and safe areas for children to play in.

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Sat 2 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1712
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