Archive for the 'Podcasts' Category


NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: Youthquakes and the British Election Study

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

On this week’s podcast, Keiran and Leo analyse the latest round of British Election Study data and ask ‘was there really a ‘youthquake’ at the 2017 General Election and does it matter?

Keiran and Leo also look at the role that gender played in the 2017 vote and uncover some striking data that suggests we might be getting public opinon on Brexit all wrong.

Find all this and more on this week’s show.

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NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: How favourable are Brits towards different countries and how old is ‘too old’ to be PM?

Friday, January 26th, 2018

On this week’s podcast Keiran and Leo look at some polling by Opinium that asks how favourable or unfavourable the British public is towards the following countries with some interesting differences by Brexit vote and age.  A summary of the results can be found below:

(Note – nets may appear to be one point out in places due to rounding)

Source: Opinium. 19-22 Jan, 2018. Tables with appear on the Opinium website in due course.

Also on the show, Keiran and Leo look at polling on how young is ‘too young’ and how old is ‘too old’ to be Prime Minister and ask what this means for the current political leadership in the UK.


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NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: Vote blue go green? Farage, Boris & 2nd referendums (again) plus Labour NEC election fallout

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

On this week’s podcast, Keiran and Leo continue with the new format of the show where each guest chooses a news story that has interested them from the past week and provides some polling analysis on a key issue of the day. Topics discussed this week include:

1) What the Tories’ new focus on environmental issues says about their brand and future electoral strategy

2) Why Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson are indicating support for another referendum on Brexit and what recent polling tells us about public opinion on the issue.

3) What’s going on with Labour following the NEC elections, is a Corbynite succession now inevitable and will Corbyn’s age be an issue at the next election?

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NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: Reshuffles, Oprah and exclusive polling on Brexit and trust

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The PB / Polling Matters podcast returns for a new year with a new format.

The podcast starts with Keiran Pedley and Leo Barasi discussing the latest news stories from the past week. Leo talks about this week’s reshuffle and the recent hiring and resignation of Toby Young and what it means for the Tories. Keiran then gives his impression on the latest goings on in Trump-land and whether Oprah could really run for president.

Keiran and Leo then unveil some exclusive polling from Opinium on how favourable the public are towards different political leaders in the UK and who they trust (and don’t trust) when it comes to Brexit. There are some woeful numbers for Tony Blair and some interesting stats on which organisations Leave voters trust to tell the truth on Brexit.

Listen to the podcast below.

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NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast: What do the DUP want? Will there be a united Ireland? Why do Survation have Labour +8 when others don’t? (and more)

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

On this week’s podcast, Keiran is joined by Mick Fealty of Slugger O’Toole to discuss what the DUP really wants from Brexit negotiations, the role that Irish domestic politics is playing and will play moving forward plus a new poll apparently showing support in Northern Ireland for a united Ireland with EU membership.

Also on the show, Keiran looks at the recent Survation poll showing Labour +8 ahead and why it is so different to what other pollsters have and dissects some data from NatCen on what the public think about the Brexit negotiations at ‘half time’ and how they would vote if there was another referendum tomorrow.

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NEW PB/Polling Matters podcast: Why aren’t the polls moving?

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The PB / Polling Matters podcast returns! Keiran is joined by Leo Barasi and Matt Singh to discuss the latest developments in Westminster (and beyond) and what the numbers tell us about what is going on.

On this week’s show the team discuss why the polls are not moving despite the government’s struggles, what the public really think about Brexit and whether the Democrats might be on course to take Alabama in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.

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PB / Polling Matters podcast: German election special & Labour conference reaction

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

On this week’s PB / Polling Matters podcast, Keiran is joined by Dr Roland Kappe of UCL to discuss the recent German election results and what happens next.

Keiran and Roland look at the results that stood out, why the AfD did so well (and whether comparisons with UKIP are valid) plus what form of coalition Angela Merkel could form and why the German election result might be bad for Brexit negotiations.

Elsewhere on the show, Keiran reviews the latest polls and gives his snap reaction to Corbyn’s conference speech on Wednesday.

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NEW PB / Polling Matters podcast – Hurricanes, Trump’s approval rating, the EU withdrawal bill & Tory attempts to woo young voters

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


On this week’s PB/Polling Matters podcast, Keiran rounds up the latest political news and polling analysis from the US and the UK.

This week’s episode is a solo effort due to a last minute cancellation by a guest, so Keiran takes the reins alone in a shorter than usual show. Following his return from the States, Keiran takes you through the latest US political news including a slight uptick in Trump’s approval rating following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Closer to home, Keiran reviews the latest UK and Scotland polls, the fallout from this week’s vote over the EU withdrawal bill and Tory attempts to woo back young voters from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

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