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William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, is one of the most heavily trafficked forums for online discussion of Australian politics, and joined the Crikey stable in 2008.

Trump's poll boost not as good as he thinks

Trump's poll boost not as good as he thinks

The prevailing atmosphere of crisis is proving a boon for incumbents in the polls — including US President Donald Trump.

Democracy prevails in a time of social distancing — for now

Democracy prevails in a time of social distancing — for now

More than 3 million Queenslanders are soon set to vote in local government and state byelections. How is this supposed to work?

Polls apart: rumours of Ardern's demise greatly exaggerated in Australia

Polls apart: rumours of Ardern's demise greatly exaggerated in Australia

As New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern visits Australian shores, News Corp would like you to think she's lagging back home. The polls say differently.

Why are the Greens preferencing Labor last in this NT byelection?

Why are the Greens preferencing Labor last in this NT byelection?

It's almost without precedent for the Greens to actively tilt the scales in the conservatives' favour.

The bushfire culture war presents a huge challenge for leaders in marginal seats

The bushfire culture war presents a huge challenge for leaders in marginal seats

These areas are the litmus test of Australian politics. What do they think of the ongoing crisis?

Rorters, take note. Buying votes is tempting but it doesn't seem to work

Rorters, take note. Buying votes is tempting but it doesn't seem to work

The sports grants affair stands testament not just to the deviousness of much of the political class, but also to its egotism

Young voters may define the UK election

Young voters may define the UK election

It would be an understatement to say that election night in Britain has surprised before.

How far will the Coalition go to shore up strength in the Senate?

How far will the Coalition go to shore up strength in the Senate?

The Coalition is contemplating a slew of changes to further strengthen its position in the Senate. Are we set for a Republican-style assault on democratic norms?

The polling industry starts its recovery process

The polling industry starts its recovery process

The leading name in Australian opinion polling has launched a major methodological overhaul, but will it be enough to silence skeptics?

Can we trust Newspoll's latest analysis?

Can we trust Newspoll's latest analysis?

The pollster has placed the Coalition soundly ahead in its first analysis since the shock federal election result. But without an explanation of how its methods have changed since the election, will anybody believe it?