Lies, damned lies and statistics

Your headline trumpeting the downward trend in Fianna Fail support misses the point (FF locked in slow downward spiral,25/ 03/07).

31st March, 2007

Your headline trumpeting the downward trend in Fianna Fail support misses the point (FF locked in slow downward spiral,25/ 03/07).

If a classic linear trend is calculated for your data as presented in your graphs, it will be clear that the Fianna Fail trend has averaged a 3 percentage point increase over the longer period which you claim to be tracking.

The Fine Gael trend line shows a 2 percentage point decrease over the same period.

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