Paper votes against polls

After a series of opinion poll turnarounds – the 2015 UK general election, the 2016 Brexit and Trump votes – leading newspaper Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France has decided not to commission any polls for this year’s presidential election.

Editorial director Stéphane Albouy said it would return to solid journalism for its campaign stories with “reporters on the ground, sniffing the mood” and would no longer see opinion poll results as significant enough for a story.

However, despite the radical move, he said the paper would continue to commission polls for non-political stories.

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