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Committee examine IMPRESS and French academics compare polling regulation

21 November 2017

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The Political Polling and Digital Media committee takes evidence from Jonathan Heawood, Chief Executive Officer of press regulator IMPRESS and via video link, evidence form two French political scientists on the regulation and methodology of political polling in France and how it differs from the UK.


Tuesday 21 November in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Nicolas Sauger, Associate Professor at the Sciences Po, Centre d'études européennes Co-Director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)
  • Dr Bruno Cautrès, Researcher at the Sciences Po, Centre for Political Research and Research Fellow, Senior National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

At 11.45am

  • Jonathan Heawood, Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS

Areas for discussion

  • In the first session the Committee asks the witnesses about the performance of French pollsters in recent elections and in particular the 2017 presidential election, the role of the Commission de Sondages in regulating the polling industry in France and the ban on the publication of polls in France in the run up to an election.
  • The second session with Jonathan Heawood asks how IMPRESS approaches its regulatory role, how the media used political opinion polling during the recent general election and what regulation he would like to see in relation to political reporting on social media.

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