What do Edinburgh residents really think about the new 20mph limit, asks Deputy Editor Euan McGrory.
OPINION polls can be tricky things.
Of course a quick question on a newspaper website can never be anything like a scientific test.
But sometimes a straw poll like that can be useful in helping to judge what people are thinking, especially when people respond in large numbers and there is a clear trend in what they are saying.
Our 20mph survey is harder than usual to read, even though it prompted a near-record response of more than 20,000 votes. There were unusual voting patterns on this occasion which does make it look like there has been an organised attempt to ensure a positive result.
We have seen this on rare occasions over the years, always when the issue has been particularly contentious and members of at least one organisation felt there was a lot to gain from a particular result. That doesn’t mean there has been “a fix”.
There is nothing untoward, for example, in a large numbers of people voting for something they believe in after a group they belong to alerted them to a poll.
It does mean we have to put a particular “health warning” on today’s results. In my view, the only safe conclusion to draw is that the city remains divided over the scheme at this stage.