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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.

Total recall in NSW

Total recall in NSW

The SMH has started a petition to demand an early election in NSW. Err, it's not quite that simple, explains William Bowe.

Sex sells? Labor <em>up</em> in SA

Sex sells? Labor up in SA

Exactly 100 days out from the March election, a poll by the Adelaide Advertiser has found Labor's lead increased in the wake of the Mike Rann sex allegations, up up from 55-45 to 57-43, reports William Bowe.

By-elections: it's all swings and roundabouts

By-elections: it's all swings and roundabouts

From Saturday's by-election results, it appears that much of the damage from the Liberal Party's switch on climate change looks likely to be concentrated where it can't do them much harm.

Newspoll: Libs, Abbott up

Newspoll: Libs, Abbott up

The first heavy duty opinion poll of the Tony Abbott era shows the Liberal Party's primary vote up 3 points, and Abbott up 9 points as preferred PM on Turnbull's polling last week, reports William Bowe.

Libs take Higgins and Bradfield

Libs take Higgins and Bradfield

The Liberal Party easily retained the seats of Bradfield and Higgins in the weekend's Federal by-elections. Relive all the thrills and spills with Poll Bludger William Bowe.

Voters back Hockey

Voters back Hockey

Australians would prefer to see Joe Hockey as the leader of the Liberal Party over both Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott, according to new Newspoll and Nielsen polls released today. William Bowe has all the numbers.

Willagee byelection: as it happened

Willagee byelection: as it happened

Relive all the thrills and spills of yesterday's epic battle between the Left and more-Left for the WA seat of Willagee with William Bowe's live coverage of the event.

Automatic enrollment: Sneaky plot or common sense?

Automatic enrollment: Sneaky plot or common sense?

Crikey pundits have been duking it out over the NSW government's plan to introduce automatic electoral enrollment. Is it really a "shameful encroachment on basic rights", or just good bureaucratic process? William Bowe wraps the debate.

Newspoll: ALP bounces back

Newspoll: ALP bounces back

The eagerly awaited Newspoll results are in: Labor bouncing from last fortnight's 52-48 quirk to 56-44. Meanwhile, the latest Essential report has lurched from 59-41 to 55-45, the lowest lead for Labor so far.

ALP takes another hit in the polls -- sort of

ALP takes another hit in the polls -- sort of

Maybe That Newspoll wasn't an outlier after all: the latest Morgan poll has shown a 5-point drop to the ALP. But it was a small sample size. And a new Newspoll of QLD marginals shows a strong swing to the party. What does it all mean? Our heads hurt.