On 20 January 2014, Aaj Tak and Headlines Today editor Rahul Kanwal made the following claim on Twitter:
On 20 January 2014, Aaj Tak conducted a poll with the following question (translated from Hindi below):
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is sitting on an agitation against the central Government. Do you think he is doing the right thing?
Readers were presented with three voting choices: Yes, No and Cannot say.
As of 7:30 P.M on 20 January 2014, the poll results were as follows:
It is clear from the preceding screenshot that 38.6 per cent supported Kejriwal’s decision to agitate against the UPA government while 57.9% did not view Kejriwal’s agitation in a positive light.
This apart, a similar poll conducted by NDTV shows the following result:
This apart, Rahul Kanwal does not mention a fundamental fact about surveys and polls: sample size.
Merely stating that “Polls on Hindi channels show more than two thirds of respondents support @ArvindKejriwal dharna” reflects non-transparent, if not irresponsible journalism.
However, in this case, Rahul Kanwal has openly stated a falsehood contrary to the results shown on his own channel.
IndiaFacts verdict: Rahul Kanwal’s claim that polls on Hindi channels show that the majority of people support Arvind Kejriwal’s dharna exposes him to be an Incorrigible Liar.
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