Polling Matters - Ep. 82 Trump tweets, Democrats future, Paul Nuttall and ICM poll

November 29, 2016

The PB/Polling Matters podcast is two years old! A big thanks to all our listeners for the 900,000 plus downloads in that time and to all the guests that have joined us in the studio.

On this week’s anniversary edition Keiran is joined by regular contributor Rob Vance and US Democratic Pollster (and one half of ‘The Pollsters’ podcast) Margie Omero.

Keiran, Rob and Margie look again at the US presidential election, Trump’s latest tweets and who to watch out for on the Democrat side looking ahead to 2020. Later in the show Keiran and Rob talk about Paul Nuttall’s election as leader of UKIP and Keiran looks at today’s ICM poll and explains why Labour focusing on the threat from UKIP may be missing the point.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 81 Analysing Trump’s victory and what happens next with Jon-Christopher Bua

November 15, 2016

On this week's PB/Polling Matters podcast Keiran is joined once more by White House Correspondent and US political analyst Jon-Christopher Bua.

Jon-Christopher gives his verdict on why Trump won, what went wrong for the Clinton campaign and what happens next with a specific focus on President Trump's first 100 days.

Later in the show Keiran gives his perspective on what happened with the polls and where pundits went wrong.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 80 Trump wins

November 9, 2016

It's 6.30am on Wednesday 9th November and Donald Trump is heading for victory and will soon become the next president-elect of the United States.

Keiran and Leo discuss how it happened, what it means and what comes next.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 79 Race for the White House one week to go

November 1, 2016

In this week's episode of the PB/Polling Matters podcast Keiran, Leo and Rob look at the latest US election polling with one week left of the campaign to go. 

The team discuss whether the polls are tightening and Keiran explains why he is less relaxed about a Clinton victory than the others. We then turn to the electoral college and discuss key states to look out for next Tuesday including Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The podcast ends with a look ahead to what happens after next week, whoever wins.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 78 Heathrow, Labour’s floor, UKIP leadership and the ‘No Brexit’ Party

October 26, 2016

After a week off, Keiran is joined by Asa Bennett of the Telegraph and Leo Barasi to discuss Theresa May's growing in-tray with a specific focus on the decision to expand Heathrow airport and the resulting by-election in Richmond. Also discussed is whether the Labour Party vote has a 'floor', UKIP's leadership election and what prospects the polls say a 'STOP BREXIT' party might have in a General Election.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 77 US election special

October 12, 2016

On this week's PB/Polling Matters show Keiran is joined by US elections experts Mark Gettleson from Portobello Communications and hosts of the LSE US podcast 'The Ballpark' Denise Baron and Chris Gilson. 

Topics discussed include reaction to Sunday's debate and how the polls have moved since. Keiran questions whether US polls have an appropriately balanced sample. We look at polling on why US voters are voting the way they are - is it 'for' each candidate or 'against' their respective opponents? We also talk Trump's war with Paul Ryan and the potential impact of early voting and what to expect from the battle for Congress.
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Keiran Pedley

Mark Gettleson



Chris Gilson



Denise Baron


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Polling Matters - Ep. 76 Great (Br)expectations, why the Tories don’t want a snap election and the Clinton ’surge’

October 5, 2016

On this week's show Keiran is joined by Rob Vance and Matt Singh to discuss this week's Conservative Party conference. We look at what the public expect from Brexit, what polling really tells us about the immigration vs the single market debate, why the Tories might not want a snap election after all and just how much trouble Trump's campaign is in as the race for the White House enters the final stages.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 75 US debate reaction and what now for Labour?

September 28, 2016

On this week's PB/Polling Matters show the team react to Monday's debate between Trump and Clinton and look at what happens next for the Labour Party after Corbyn's victory last weekend.

Rob looks at post debate polling showing a boost for Clinton and the team discuss whether it will last. Keiran explains why he hasn't ruled Trump out yet and Leo explains a strategy Trump might take in the final few weeks of the campaign. Keiran and Rob then look at which states will be important to watch out for in upcoming polls.

Leo then looks at Ian Warren's Labour leadership exit poll by YouGov and the team discuss what Labour MPs will do next. Keiran looks at recent ICM and ComRes polling and what it might mean for a future Labour policy offer as the party seeks to reunite and make up ground versus the Tories. 

Finally, the  team look ahead to Theresa May's first Tory conference speech  and what Corbyn has to do to look like a PM-in-waiting.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 74 Trump vs Clinton debates, 3rd parties and #Libdemfightback

September 21, 2016

On this week's show Keiran is joined by regular guests Leo Barasi and Matthew Shaddick from Ladbrokes to discuss the US presidential election and Lib Dem conference. 

On the US presidential election Keiran looks at the impact of third party candidates and what impact next week's debates will have on the race. Matthew explains how political bettors can make money betting on Hillary Clinton and the team guess which states Clinton will win in November.

On the Lib Dems, Leo looks at their prospects after this week's conference and their recent encouraging performances in local council by-elections. Keiran argues that they would be doing better with Nick Clegg as leader and Matt looks at the odds for the upcoming Witney by-election.

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Polling Matters - Ep. 73 US SPECIAL: Clinton’s health, Ohio, Debates, Mr Brexit & Trump’s problem with women

September 15, 2016

On this week’s episode of the PB/Polling Matters podcast we focus on the US presidential race. Keiran is joined by Steven Shepard, chief polling analyst at Politico in the U.S. and Federica Cocco, statistical journalist at the Financial Times in the UK. 

The show is split into two conversations, the first between Keiran and Steven and the second between Keiran and Federica.

Keiran and Steven discuss the impact of Clinton’s healthcare issues on the race and Trump’s path to the presidency. Steven shares the latest US polling news and explains what the Electoral College would look like if each candidate won the states where they lead in the most recent poll. The result might surprise you. Steven also explains what is going on in Ohio and the potential impact of the coming presidential debates.

Keiran and Federica look at parallels between Brexit and Trump’s support and Federica gives a detailed analysis of Trump’s position among American female voters (including an interesting stat about which group is most likely to turnout at presidential elections). Keiran raises Clinton’s trust issues and whether Trump’s tone has changed. Finally, Keiran and Federica look at voter expectations about who will win the first presidential debate and why this might be a problem for Clinton. The show finishes on the debates and a great Blackadder quote from Federica.

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Keiran Pedley @keiranpedley

Steven Shepard @POLITICO_Steve

Federica Cocco @federicacocco