Should the publication of opinion polls be banned in the run up to elections?

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  • Should the publication of opinion polls be banned I the run up to elections?
    • For banning
      • Opinion polls may influence the way people vote
      • Opinion polls have proved to be inaccurate so they mislead the public
      • Arguably politicians should not be slaves to changing public opinion as expressed in the polls
    • Against banning
      • It would infringe upon the principle of freedom of expression
      • If the publication of opinion polls is banned, they will become available privately for organisations that can afford to pay for them
      • Opinion polls give valuable information about people's attitudes which can guide politicians usefully
      • The polls would still be published abroad and people could access them through the internet

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