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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.


Judgement Day: how Mathias Cormann’s power is growing in WA

July 14, 2017 5 Comments

The odds-on favourite to replace retiring senator Chris Back is Slade Brockman, who used to work for Mathias Cormann.

New poll puts the Coalition within margin of error, but is it reliable?

July 3, 2017 3 Comments

A new poll has delivered some much-needed good news for the Turnbull government -- but the Prime Minister shouldn't take it to the bank just yet.

Poll Bludger: census results deliver electoral omen of doom for Turnbull

June 28, 2017 3 Comments

The census figures highlight a number of worrying demographic trends for the Coalition.

Poll Bludger: voters return in droves to the One Nation bandwagon

June 19, 2017 7 Comments

After all the controversy of the past couple of months, there has been a curious resurgence in support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation.

Poll Bludger: intergenerational war is the new class conflict in the UK

June 14, 2017 10 Comments

It's no longer so much a matter of rich versus poor, as old versus young, as the voting patterns from the recent UK general election suggest.

Poll Bludger: why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash

June 7, 2017 10 Comments

Adani's wildly controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland is the latest in a long line of issues putting Labor at risk of dividing two key supporter bases.

Poll Bludger: do the young love Corbyn enough to actually vote?

June 2, 2017 5 Comments

The latest polls actually have Labour within cooee of the Tories, thanks to a huge surge in support among young people for Jeremy Corbyn's party. But will the young actually turn out and vote?

Poll Bludger: do swinging voters even pay attention to the budget?

May 17, 2017 1 Comment

And is the fabled "post-budget bounce" a real thing?

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

May 15, 2017 11 Comments

To the extent that abortion’s technical status as a criminal offence remains, it's clearly the case that the law is running behind public opinion.

Poll Bludger: why tonight will look suspiciously like an election budget

May 9, 2017 2 Comments

The next federal election is two years away, but Malcolm Turnbull has a pretty good incentive to turn around his dismal Newspoll figures right now with a kinder, gentler budget.