Opinion polls

What we need is a Freedom of Uninformation Act

18 November 2017 9:00 am

One dietary fad that never made sense to me was the campaign against the consumption of eggs. Now call me…

Generations at war: the election has laid bare a huge old vs young divide

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The deepest divide in this election was between young and old

Blair’s poll dip before his 1997 landslide is reassuring for the Tories

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Afrodisiac Diane Abbott likened her rejection of earlier pro-terror sympathies to losing her afro hairstyle. To African-Americans in the 1960s,…

No one is winning in this election campaign

3 June 2017 9:00 am

There are no winners in this election

Labour third behind Tories and Ukip among working-class voters, says poll

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Home The Queen opened a new National Cyber Security Centre in London. Britain’s contribution to Nato has fallen below the…

Michael Gove was (accidentally) right about experts

14 January 2017 9:00 am

They’re often wrong but they seldom admit it

The British data-crunchers who say they helped Donald Trump to win

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Are Cambridge Analytica brilliant scientists or snake-oil salesmen?

Did Andrew Cooper's polls lose the referendum? The blame game begins

2 July 2016 9:00 am

A few hours after voting started in the European Union referendum, Populus released its final opinion poll showing a ten-point…

Andrew Marr: I believe the Brexit chatter

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Also in his Spectator diary: life without coffee, the birth of modern popular fiction, and ‘home rule all round’

Whoever invented the referendum deserves a kicking

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My favourite quote of the year so far comes from the author Fay Weldon. ‘If this were an all-woman society,’…

Everyone loves Ruth Davidson. No one will vote for her

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Scots love their Tory leader. But they won’t vote for her

In praise of the ‘Don’t know’ voter

6 June 2015 9:00 am

I am scraping the edges of my memory here, but I am fairly sure that opinion polls in my childhood…

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014 9:00 am

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with…

The next election will break all the rules

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Ed Miliband’s aides used to scurry around the parliamentary estate, their shoulders hunched. A look in their eyes suggested that…