LETTER: Questions around vaccinations deserve responsible data

On International Women’s Day, in an issue focused on women, next to an editorial titled “Giving women the credit they are due”, the poll indicated that 46.4 per cent of your respondents think that vaccinations should be mandatory to enrol children in school and 53.6 per cent do not. That result in itself is disturbing, but even more so on pages filled with recognitions of worthy women.

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Have you editorialized about vaccinations and public health? If not, why not? If so, please weigh in.

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I think your editorial page readers, whose opinions you seek to influence, deserve more data about your polling, such as the number of participants, gender, and age in your random sampling. And what assurance do your readers have that one person or multiple bots have not corrupted the outcome?

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There are serious questions that deserve much more accountability than unscientific polls can provide.

Charles Harp

Oak Bay

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