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.


Liberals take challenge to Labor in Tasmania

July 1, 2009

On August 1, the Libs are contesting the Pembroke by-election in Tasmania with a quality candidate. A minor event perhaps, but a fascinating test of strength for Premier Bartlett, says William Bowe.

Polls hit Turnbull. Hard.

June 29, 2009

Newspoll, ACNielsen and Galaxy have all reported in today -- and they all report a disastrous tale of Malcolm Turnbull's Utegate adventures last week. Pollbludger rounds up the numbers. BEST OF THE COMMENTARY

Labor holds steady — Essential Research: 57-43

June 23, 2009

The latest Essential Research survey was conducted during the worst period for Labor of the “Utegate” saga, from June 17 to 21, but it shows Labor’s two-party lead steady on 57-43, says The Poll Bludger.

Newspoll: 53-47

June 16, 2009

The latest fortnightly Newspoll has given the Coalition its best result since the election of the Rudd government, with Labor's lead at 53-47.

Bad news for NSW ALP, especially Rees

May 31, 2009

The Sun Herald has published a Taverner poll showing the Coalition leading 54-46 in New South Wales. There's no upside here for Leader Nathan Rees, writes William Bowe.

Freo by-election: the start of big things for the Greens

May 18, 2009 8

The Fremantle by-election was only the second time the Greens had won a state or federal lower house seat outside of Tasmania.

Newspoll: 53-47 to Coalition in NSW

April 30, 2009

The latest bi-monthly NSW state Newspoll shows the Labor government continuing to narrow the gap after the post-mini-budget blowout.

Westpoll: 52-48 to Federal Labor in WA

April 15, 2009

Today’s West Australian brings a Westpoll survey of 400 voters showing federal Labor with a two-party lead in the state of 52-48.