Articles by Peter Kellner

Seldom has the cliché proved so true: a week really is a long time in politics. The series of Daily Telegraph disclosures over MPs’ allowances has transformed the political landscape. YouGov’s latest poll, for the Sun, is the first to be conducted since the Telegraph reported on the allowance claims ...
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This commentary appeared in the Daily Telegraph, May 19. To adapt Churchill’s words following the Battle of El Alamein in 1942, Michael Martin’s resignation is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. We are, unquestionably, experiencing ...
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Neither Labour not the Conservatives can take much comfort from the public’s reaction to the disclosures about MPs’ allowances. YouGov conducted its May poll for the Sunday Times immediately before voters had a chance to react to the first of the Daily Telegraph’s stories. Since then, according to our latest ...
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YouGov can announce today two major innovations, which we are launching in partnership with Sky News. First, YouGov will conduct daily polls each weekday during the Labour and Conservative Party conferences. We shall be reporting voting intention and public reaction to major speeches, policy announcements and political events. YouGov will ...
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YouGov’s daily tracking polls through the conference season have brought mainly good news for the Conservatives and bad news for Labour. But they also suggest that David Cameron has not yet ‘sealed the deal’ with the electorate. Our latest poll, ahead of the Tory leader’s end-of-conference speech, shows why. The ...
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YouGov’s latest survey for the Sunday Times shows that Labour seems to be gaining very gradually as the economy improves. The rate of recovery in both is very slow; but YouGov's first poll to be conducted free from the short-term effects of the conference season shows Labour at its highest ...
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The surprising thing is not how much support the British National Party commands, but how little. Immediately after its leader’s appearance on Question Time last week, YouGov explored public attitudes to the party and its appeal. Our survey, for the Daily Telegraph, found that the proportion of people who would ...
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There have been reports in parts of the blogosphere that certain YouGov members have been attempting to recruit BNP members to the YouGov panel, in order to influence the results of polls and generate revenue for the BNP. Here is YouGov’s response to these reports. YouGov actively recruits the majority ...
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Two YouGov polls show that public support for Britain’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan has declined sharply. For Sky News we repeated two questions asked in August, while for Channel 4 News we repeated two questions first asked a fortnight earlier. Both show the same trends. On October 22/23, ...
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Peter Kellner is a journalist, political commentator, and President of YouGov. See Peter's full bio