AAA-PBP has surpassed Labour in most recent poll, with 9%
Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Paul Murphy TD have written to all of the polling companies requesting that the bloc of the Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit is now featured as a party in opinion polls. This comes after a poll published in the Sunday Times gives support for AAA-PBP at 9%, higher than Labour’s 7%, clearly indicating the support for a principled anti-austerity force that opposes coalition with right-wing parties and is committed to using elected positions to mobilise a mass movement from below to defeat austerity. The letter is included below.
Letter text below sent to Behaviour & Attitudes, Millward Brown, Red C, IPSOS MRBI
We are writing to all of the polling companies on behalf of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and the People Before Profit Alliance (PBP). We would like you to note that candidates of both the AAA and PBPA will be standing in the general election as part of a united bloc, Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit (AAA-PBP). This is the designation and logo that will appear beside all of our candidates’ names.
We understand that polling companies have not included the Anti Austerity Alliance or the People Before Profit Alliance in the initial list of parties given to people, leaving it to the person being polled to volunteer their support for our organisations or requiring that they say they support “independents and others” before clarifying that they support AAA or PBPA. Even with that, in a poll conducted by Behaviour and Attitudes published in the Sunday Times on 15 November, the combined support for AAA-PBP was 9%, higher than the 7% for the Labour Party. In a similar poll conducted by B&A published in the Sunday Times on 18 October, the combined support for AAA-PBP was 7%.
We believe that not listing the Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit as a party serves to understate our potential support. Particularly in light of the bloc, the combined representation of four TDs, 27 councillors and a likelihood of some 40 Dáil candidates, we warrant being listed as a party in opinion polls. This will result in more accurate poll results.
We write to therefore request that we are featured in opinion polls accurately as the Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) and also that we are featured in the list of parties offered to those being polled, rather than simply being grouped as part of Independents/Others.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD on behalf of People Before Profit Alliance
Paul Murphy TD on behalf of the Anti-Austerity Alliance