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Complainant Name:
Mr Will Knock

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Will Knock complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which claimed that, according to findings from the Office of National Statistics, ‘most Britons still opposed gay marriage', with ‘only 45 per cent agreeing that homosexual marriage should be allowed throughout Europe'. The complainant said that article was misleading as, in fact, 45% represented the number of people who disagreed that homosexual marriage should be allowed: a higher percentage, 46%, agreed that it should be allowed, with the remaining 9% of those polled responding that they ‘did not know'.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

A recent article based on an Office for National Statistics report stated that most Britons still oppose gay marriage. While the ONS report did show that only a minority of Britons are in support of gay marriage, the more detailed statistics from the EU pollon which it was based suggest that the percentages for and against are about the same - 46% and 45% respectively - with a further 9% who ‘don't know'. We are happy to clarify the position.

Date Published: 12/12/2011

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