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Should opinion polls on elections should be banned? Here's what readers say

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, November 06, 2013
First Published: 23:15 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:59 IST(6/11/2013)

After Congress and several other parties demanded banning opinion polls recently, the Election Commission (EC) is likely to ask the government to ban opinion polls a fortnight before elections to ensure a level playing field for all candidates in the fray.

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Congress faced fierce opposition from the BJP that said the Congress sought a ban because its "rout in the polls was imminent". Congress countered the criticism saying it had only given its opinion sought by the EC on the issue.

People took to Twitter and other social networking sites to express their views on the issue. Comments ranged from readers saying that the democratic rights of people are being curtailed, to some saying that it is an insult to voters if it is felt that they are so stupid as to be influenced by the surveys in the media.

A poll conducted by the Hindustan Times, sought the views of the readers on the issue. While a majority of voters believed that opinion polls on elections should not be banned, there were some who believed otherwise. Here are the results.

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