The UK Statistics Authority has launched a consultation on the publication of official statistics on national polling days.
Current statistical policy is to avoid publishing statistical bulletins of 'significant public interest' on national polling days. This means that judgements must be made about what constitutes ‘significant public interest’. However, if there were a blanket delay on all statistics until after polling day, that would mean lots of uncontroversial statistical releases would be needlessly delayed. In his foreword, National Statistician John Pullinger says: 'I feel that our policy reflects the best compromise. But I am seeking external views on this to ensure it remains the right policy.'
The RSS will make a response in due course via its National Statistics Advisory Group; however, as it’s an open consultation (which closes on 12 December), any interested RSS fellows can respond to it in an individual capacity.
The consultation document can be downloaded from here: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/publication/consultation-on-the-publication-of-official-statistics-on-national-polling-days/