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Did the leaders’ debate really feature the most left-wing audience ever?

While the audience certainly seemed happier to cheer for Caroline Lucas than Amber Rudd, the sample was deliberately chosen to be representative

By Stephanie Boland  

The leaders at the debate: but was the audience unrepresentative? Photo: PA

“FURY AT BIAS ON BBC TV DEBATE,” said the Daily Mail headline. True, last night’s audience did seem ready to cheer on the smaller parties while jeering at Amber Rudd—who was filling in for Theresa May—when she asked that the Tories be judged on their record. But was the debate audience really biased?

According to a methodology note issued by ComRes, who handled recruitment for the BBC TV Debate, every attempt was made to “recruit a representative sample.”


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