Scottish newspaper The National has this Tuesday published the fourth results of its forbidden poll for the Catalan Parliament election on 21st December.
The National has updated its numbers every day as the projections for votes and seats evolve. Tomorrow, Wednesday 20th December, the day before the election, they will publish two sets of results.
The National is offering a daily tracking poll carried out by Feedback on election expectations, such surveys being banned in the Spanish state since midnight on Saturday. Their first results were published on Saturday, the second on Sunday and the third this Monday.
This paradoxical situation is the exclusive responsibility of the political parties with parliamentary representation in 2011, when the electoral law was reformed but they declined to adapt it for the new digital era, maintaining the veto on publishing and disseminating polls during five days before the election. However, both political parties (financed with public money) as well as private companies commission such tracking surveys in order to see the trends during the last week of the campaign, which can be decisive in influencing the balance at the ballot boxes.
With the daily tracking survey published by The National, this situation has been corrected and the public can now access the information which the elites already work with.
The National's offering is identical to the daily survey, with two sets of results on the "day of reflection" before the vote, which El Periòdic d'Andorra has published since the 2008 Spanish general election. This survey was also published for the 2010 Catalan election, the 2015 Barcelona city council election, the 2015 and 2016 Spanish general elections, and now the 2017 Catalan election to be held on Thursday.