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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.

Rudd sinks to new low

Rudd sinks to new low

The latest Nielsen poll shows the ALP's lead dropping further -- down from to 53-47 from 54-46 -- while Kevin Rudd's approval rating is down three points and his lead as preferred Prime Minister continues to dwindle. William Bowe has the numbers.

Newspoll: 54-46 to Labor in Victoria

Newspoll: 54-46 to Labor in Victoria

The latest Newspoll has the Victorian ALP with a two-party lead of 54-46. This masks a sagging Labor primary vote, which over three surveys has dropped from 43% to 39%, level-pegging with the Coalition.

The Tassie election: a guide to Bass

The Tassie election: a guide to Bass

William Bowe starts dissecting the Tasmanian election, starting with the Bass electorate. How will the "iPod-loving, bicycle-riding, latte-sipping trendy" Premier David Bartlett deal with the Liberal seat?

Adelaide election: 50.5-49.5 to Maywald in Chaffey

Adelaide election: 50.5-49.5 to Maywald in Chaffey

A new poll in the South Australian state seat of Chaffey, held by the state’s sole Nationals MP, Karlene Maywald, finds an effective dead heat between Maywald and Liberal candidate Tim Whetstone, reports William Bowe.

Newspoll: Rudd becomes a political mortal

Newspoll: Rudd becomes a political mortal

Kevin Rudd's personal ratings in the latest Newspoll are now those of a political mortal: his approval is steady on 50%, but his disapproval has crept up another two points to 40%, and his lead as preferred PM has dropped from 58-26 to 55-27. William Bowe has all the figures.

Tired Labor in for a fight in Tasmanian election

Tired Labor in for a fight in Tasmanian election

Like a number of its mainland counterparts, the Tasmanian Labor government has suddenly begun feeling its age and is in for a tough fight in the upcoming state election.

Galaxy: 59-41 to LNP in Queensland

Galaxy: 59-41 to LNP in Queensland

A new Galaxy poll shows the Liberal National Party with a crushing 59-41 lead over Anna Bligh’s Labor government, while Bligh’s approval rating is down four points, to a parlous 28%. William Bowe has the numbers.

The Altona by-election liveblog

The Altona by-election liveblog

Relive all the thrills and spills -- Point Cook! Laverton North! -- of Victoria's Altona by-election with The Poll Bludger's liveblog

Nielsen: Abbott deals a blow to Rudd, ETS

Nielsen: Abbott deals a blow to Rudd, ETS

The latest Nielsen poll, the first since Tony Abbott became Liberal leader, has Labor’s two-party lead at 54-46, down from 56-44. Rudd's approval approval is down six and disapproval up four, while support for the government's ETS is down 10.

52-48 to Labor in SA

52-48 to Labor in SA

Seven weeks out from the SAW state election, an Advertiser poll finds Labor still leading at 52-48, compared with 57-4 in December and 56.8-43.2 at the 2006 election, reports William Bowe.