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Norwich North : A Tale of Four Bar Charts

Posted by davidburbage on July 20, 2009

News from the Front……

In a Parliamentary by-election you tend to pick up a number of discarded leaflets from other parties. In particular, ConHome has been running items on dishonest bar charts. Well, Chloe Smith and her campaign team can take a lot of credit for running the only “straight” bar chart out there.

Here is Chloe’s : accurate, and with the bars the right size but putting us in second place (from the 2005 General Election).


 Coming in a poor second is Labour’s bar chart – it’s almost accurate apart from the fact that the LibDem and Green bars don’t really exist.
They use “an opinion poll carried out by ICM only last month”.


Coming in an ever poorer third – but surprisingly, not the worst – is the LibDem leaflet.

Note that the difference in height between Conservative and the Labour bars (10%) is just the same as the difference between
the Labour and LibDem bar, although that’s only a 5% difference


Winning the award for the most misleading bar chart of all is surely UKIP. Here, quoting the Euro elections, the UKIP bar is almost the
same height as the Conservative bar despite being a massive 9% lower numberically – but at just 1% lower than UKIP, a huge gap on the chart emerges
down to Labour and UKIP come out saying “No chance of winning in Norwich North”.

If Labour have no chance at 16%, why are UKIP so confident at 17% ?


3 Responses to “Norwich North : A Tale of Four Bar Charts”

  1. truth seeker said

    A load of rubbish. The Tory bar chart does not measure up. Get your ruler out and then apologise.

  2. Indeed, I highlighted on my blog some weeks ago that the Tory blog was wrong.

  3. davidburbage said

    OK, on measurement, it’s just “a lot more” accurate than the competition…..

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