OPINION

A note on public surveys

At Kathimerini, we always strive to be honest with our readers. When we publish the results of opinion polls, we do so because we deem them credible. In fact, this newspaper has often published surveys which caused a fair deal of controversy, even among our traditional readers.

However, our basic principle has always been that, first, the findings of opinion polls must by no means be subjected to any kind of manipulation and, second, that their publication does not depend on whether we like what they reveal or not.

That said, we happen to live in a country which has a soft spot for distrust and conspiracy theories.

We have to do our job in a professional manner and we cannot allow ourselves to become vulnerable to political pressure, regardless of where it comes from.

Finally, we must always keep in mind that opinion polls are only snapshots of the electorate?s voting intentions; intentions that are highly affected by such a volatile political environment.