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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 down (slightly), but far from out

Rudd down (slightly), but far from out

The monthly Nielsen poll further proves reports of the ALP's death in the polls have been slightly exaggerated: Labor's two-party lead down just slightly to 56-44, while Kevin Rudd's approval rating is down three points and his disapproval is up five.

Newspoll: Labor's lead slumps

Newspoll: Labor's lead slumps

Labor's two-party preferred lead has dropped from 59-41 to 52-48 in the latest Newspoll, their smallest lead in almost two years.

All smiles and sunshine for VIC Labor

All smiles and sunshine for VIC Labor

The latest Victorian state Newspoll finds the decade-old Labor government going from strength to strength. Labor’s two-party lead is at 57-43. Is this the end for Ted Bailleu? asks William Bowe.

Poll Bludger: Labor's mega-lead remains impenetrable

Poll Bludger: Labor's mega-lead remains impenetrable

The latest Essential Research poll shows Labor's mega-lead remaining imprevious to anything domestic or international push or pull factors might throw at it, says William Bowe.

Poll Bludger: NSW redraw redrawn

Poll Bludger: NSW redraw redrawn

William Bowe looks at the redistribution of New South Wales' federal election boundaries.

Boat people can't sink the ALP

Boat people can't sink the ALP

This week's Newspoll shows Labor's lead widening to a two-party preferred vote of 59-41, despite the government's recent discomfort over boat arrivals, reports William Bowe.

A tale of two polls

A tale of two polls

A Morgan poll on Friday had Joe Hockey leading Malcolm Turnbull as voters' preferred Liberal leader 30% to 21%, but today's Newspoll has Turnbull back in the lead. Did the drama of last week produce a move to Turnbull -- or away from Hockey? asks William Bowe.

16-year-old wannabe voters get a boost

16-year-old wannabe voters get a boost

Here are the headline grabbers from the government's electoral reform paper, says William Bowe: serious discussion of voluntary voting for 16-year-olds. And could resigning MPs suffer financial penalties?

Bye-bye Brendan: a by-election for Bradfield

Bye-bye Brendan: a by-election for Bradfield

With the departure of Brendan Nelson, the seat of Bradfield is headed for a by-election. William Bowe wraps all the speculation in the press and blogosphere about likely candidates to take his place.

Newspoll: Turnbull makes small gains

Newspoll: Turnbull makes small gains

The latest Newspoll has Labor's lead at 55-45, down from 57-43 at the previous two polls, and Malcolm Turnbull's approval rating up four points to 30%.