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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.

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?

Senate preferences leave the left in tatters

Senate preferences leave the left in tatters

The Coalition has achieved a voting bloc so solid it may not even have to dirty its hands with One Nation.

Will the WA Liberals' leadership change help them reclaim the state?

Will the WA Liberals' leadership change help them reclaim the state?

New leader Liza Harvey will need to rally the WA Liberal Party if she expects to unseat the Mark McGowan government. Unfortunately, history is not on her side.

Labor's religious problem isn't going away any time soon

Labor's religious problem isn't going away any time soon

The number of religious Australians may be in decline, but it won't help Labor much in the short term.

Political polling is having an existential crisis

Political polling is having an existential crisis

Pollsters now face a serious challenge in restoring their credibility, and there is no indication this can be accomplished with existing methods.

Echoes of 'Howard's battlers' put Morrison ahead in polls

Echoes of 'Howard's battlers' put Morrison ahead in polls

This was far from a status quo result, but rather some major swings in suburbs and regional areas that cancelled each other out.