Editor's note: Online poll on fluoride

Last updated 09:36 03/12/2013

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I was just wondering about the poll you ran on the fluoridation results in the paper on Saturday.

The figures you cited showed just 32 per cent of people agreeing that the council was right to defer voting, with 68 per cent against, yet when I voted in the poll online the night before at 10.30pm it had almost the opposite figures, with 72 per cent saying they agreed it was the right decision.

This is extremely misleading and appears to show some sort of bias towards imposing fluoridation on the public by slanting popular perception of what the majority want?

As a well-read major newspaper where people look for facts, this is extremely irresponsible, if it was deliberate. Could you explain what happened here please?

ERIN YOUNG

Hamilton

■ Editor's reply: The explanation is simple. The poll results were given to the graphic artist at 3pm when the page was laid out. The results of the poll changed markedly throughout the night as voting continued. Contrary to the absurd claims by Fluoride Free NZ and Fluoride Free Hamilton there is no conspiracy and for the record I voted against fluoridating the water in the referendum.

Jonathan MacKenzie, Editor, Waikato Times.

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