Elections Canada

Elections Canada

September 09, 2008 17:38 ET

Opinion Polls Must Comply with Election Law

Rules governing publishing poll results set out in Canada Elections Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) -

- The publication of opinion polls during the 40th general election is regulated by sections 326 to 328 of the Canada Elections Act.

- The first person or media outlet to release the results must indicate:

- who sponsored the survey (for example, the news organization or political party that paid for the poll)

- who conducted the poll

- when the poll was conducted

- the population from which the survey was drawn

- how many persons were contacted

- the survey's margin of error

- if the survey was not conducted using recognized statistical methods

- Print and Internet publishers must include the wording of the survey questions and instructions on how readers can obtain the written report.

- The survey sponsor must make the written report available on request, at a cost of no more than $0.25 per page.

- Any media outlet that broadcasts or publishes survey results within 24 hours of initial publication must provide the same information.

- No new opinion survey results may be published on election day before polling stations close.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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