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Twitter users question the small print of Bath and North East Somerset Liberal Democrat poll

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The Twitter account run by the Bath and North East Somerset Liberal Democrats has come under fire after a poll posted last night [October 30].

The data shows the Conservative party in the lead with 38% of the vote, the Lib Dems close behind with 32%, and Labour lagging with just 8%.

However, some users of the social media site have pointed out a clause in the small print of the poll that has generated mixed reactions.

Those polled were asked to vote as if the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were the only parties with enough momentum to win the seat.

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Survation polled 405 respondents aged 18+ living in NE Somerset with the question: "Imagine that the result in your constituency was expected to be very close between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidate, and none of the other parties were competitive. In this scenario, which party would you vote for?

– Small print of poll

However the team behind the twitter account have said the purpose of the independent poll was not to mislead, but to show the fragility of the Conservatives' majority in the constituency.

They added that any suggestion of bias was 'silly'.

The clear conclusion from this poll is that Lib Dem support is surging in North East Somerset, the Conservatives are dropping fast and Labour are in free fall. That is true whichever of the two questions you look at.

This is line with our own data and with the results in this constituency of the two elections held in May this year for the local council and the European Parliament. The Liberal Democrats came first in both. The Conservatives came second and fifth and Labour were third and fourth.

The Survation poll was conducted completely independently by a highly respected polling company and any suggestion that they were biased is silly. They would be out of business if that were the case.

– Bath and North East Somerset Liberal Democrats