Articles by Peter Kellner

In light of the sad news that Philip Gould has lost his fight against cancer, YouGov President Peter Kellner looks back on the political adviser's 'unpitying candour', insight, rigour and skill Much has been said about Philip’s courage in the face of the cancer that has claimed his life, and ...
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This blog would not appear if I wanted an easy life. I am going to provide ammunition for those who don’t like opinion polls, think our numbers mean little and reckon our political culture would be healthier without them. Of course, that’s not how I view the evidence in the ...
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As our daily polling shows little fluctuation in voting intention despite conference season, Peter Kellner questions the need for conferences so far from an election According to one of the traditional laws of polling, surveys conducted during the party conference season should be treated with some scepticism, for they usually ...
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Parties really need to 'mean it' to convince women that they are on their side, says Peter Kellner, as David Cameron apologises for 'sexism' in the commons While serious folk were worrying about the Eurozone, and those who prefer personality politics were following Liam Fox’s troubles, David Cameron tried last ...
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How left-or-right-leaning do voters think the three main leaders are now? Peter Kellner compares our spectrum poll results to find out Most politicians reckon that one of the best ways to win elections is to appeal to the centre. David Cameron spent his time as leader of the opposition trying ...
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There is no point in beating about the bush. The news is bleak for Labour delegates gathering in Liverpool. Voters think the party is doing badly and its leader is doing worse. Can Ed gain voters’ approval, or is he doomed as leader of Labour? YouGov conducted pre-conference polls for ...
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This article also appears in the October edition of Prospect Next year’s Mayoral election should be a shoo-in for Ken...yet Boris is ahead. Peter Kellner explores why that might be Here is a statistic to add colour to Boris Johnson’s cheeks and drain it from Ken Livingstone’s. One in five ...
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For a man whose poll ratings are terrible, and those of his party no better, Nick Clegg looks remarkably chipper. YouGov President Peter Kellner suggests reasons why the Lib Dem leader looks so cheerful Perhaps he never looks at the polls. Publicly, most politicians say they don’t: privately they read ...
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Should the 50p tax rate be scrapped? Peter Kellner considers our recent polling for the Sunday Times to explore public attitudes surrounding this divisive issue For connoisseurs of political rows, the spat over the 50p tax rate is maturing nicely. One side insists that it is a matter of fairness, ...
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The first poll since the rebels entered Libya’s capital finds the British have yet to share the enthusiasm of the Libyan people or the British media over the events in Tripoli The British public has yet to share the enthusiasm of the Libyan people or the British media over the ...
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Peter Kellner is a journalist, political commentator, and President of YouGov. See Peter's full bio