News Poll Surveys Tweak Findings for Money, Alleges Sting Operation   Email this page
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NEW DELHI: A TV news channel claimed that a sting operation conducted by it had revealed that some of the agencies which conduct opinion polls before elections are willing to tweak their findings for money.
At a press conference held here, the channel, News Express, claimed that its sting operation had "exposed" eleven agencies which conducted opinion polls. It however added that some opinion poll agencies it tried to contact did not respond.

Editor in Chief of the channel Vinod Kapri said it was showing the sting operation in order to make the voter aware and added that it would also provide details to the Election Commission.

When asked whether the sting operation has brought to light anything suspicious related to involvement of any political party, the channel did not name any specific survey or any party.

Shortly after the sting operation, the India Today Group suspended all opinion polls being carried out by C-Voter polling agency for it in the wake of the allegations leveled in the sting on the conduct of some of the agencies.

In a statement, the Group said it has taken cognizance of the investigation and was examining the allegations leveled in the sting very seriously.

In the interim, the Group said it was suspending all opinion polls being carried out by C-Voter.

The Group has contracted C-Voter News Services Private Limited for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections to conduct various opinion polls for it.

The statement said a show-cause notice is also being sent to C-Voter seeking a response on the charges leveled by the news channel.

"The credibility of what we publish is of paramount importance to our group and we will not accept any misconduct by any agency which has been contracted by our organization," it added.

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