January 10, 2017
On the first PB/Polling Matters podcast of 2017 Keiran discusses the future of the Labour Party with the General Secretary of the Fabian Society Andrew Harrop. They discuss Corbyn's recent rebrand as a left-wing populist and Labour's mounting problems including Scotland, Brexit and the daunting electoral math faced in Westminster ahead of the presumed General Election in 2020 (and what to do about it). Keiran also takes us through some recent polling and explains why he thinks 2017 will be a tough year for Theresa May, regardless of the Labour Party.
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December 10, 2016
On this week's episode of the PB/Polling Matters show Keiran Rob and Leo look back at 2016 and discuss the results from the recent survey of PB/Polling Matters listeners. We discuss what our biggest shock of 2016 was, who the biggest winners and losers were from the year and our defining moments of 2016. We also take some time to read out some comments from listeners and mull over what 2017 might bring.
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A big thanks to all our listeners in 2016 for all of their lovely comments! Here is to 2017!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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