There’s been something of a resurgence recently in pundits bemoaning online abuse and saying “Yes, there are bad apples on both sides but the overwhelming majority of offenders are Yes supporters”.
The authors of such articles oddly choose to ignore the only statistical data so far in existence, which shows the opposite:
It also seems not to occur to them that their own experience of abuse may be a result of their particular – real or perceived – partisan position. (Ours, for example, is that 98% comes from No voters, but then that WOULD be our experience because on the whole you tend to get abused by people who disagree with you, not your own side.)
So we expect they’ll ignore this inconvenient statistical data from our latest Panelbase poll too, but we’ll put it out there anyway, alongside the Express poll, for reference. It’s pretty much all you can do.
There’s no reason that Yes voters would be more likely to report/invent abuse than No voters. A poll commissioned by a right-wing Unionist newspaper found the same thing as one commissioned by a left-wing pro-independence website. (In fact, more so.) Not a single solitary scrap of proper comparable scientific evidence exists anywhere that we know of to back the proposition that Yes supporters are more abusive.
We’ll take any bets that the lie will continue, though.