Articles by Peter Kellner

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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What a difference a month makes. Five weeks ago I discussed Ed Miliband’s weak poll ratings. Now, following a run of effective performances at Prime Minister’s Question Time and his sure-footed handling of the hacking crisis, there are clear signs that his ratings have picked up. However, this is not ...
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As the story surrounding News International continues, President of YouGov Peter Kellner considers our most recent results on the controversy Ed Miliband was right to say the public opposed the News Corporation’s plans to take full control of BskyB. Only 9% of voters think the takeover should be allowed; 70% ...
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Through the 1990s, here as well as in America, it was ‘the economy, stupid’ that decided elections. Then, during the balmy years of rapid growth, falling unemployment and low inflation, we were told that values matter most. We wanted things that take-home pay could not buy: less crime, fewer immigrants ...
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The unions are edging ahead in the pensions battle, while the majority of Brits would stop armed forces, police officers and doctors from striking, our latest Sunday Times poll reveals If Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, hopes to have public opinion on his side in his battle ...
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How much trouble is Ed Miliband in? The lead story in yesterday’s Sunday Times reported some grim findings from YouGov’s latest survey: that most voters think he is ineffective; they don’t know what he stands for; and David Miliband would have been a better Labour leader. Other recent YouGov data ...
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Peter Kellner explains how the Coalition has managed to avoid the worst of the public's blame when it comes to the economy's still-bleak prognosis The latest edition of The Observer reports that many economists think the Government will fail to achieve its economic strategy of reducing government borrowing sharply, but ...
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Peter Kellner is a journalist, political commentator, and President of YouGov. See Peter's full bio