What about an 8/1 bet on Gord’s approval ratings?

What about an 8/1 bet on Gord’s approval ratings?


Could he be back below 20% at Christmas?

Just when I feared that with no imminent elections that there would be little for political punters to bet on the bookmakers are getting their thinking hats on and now the Dublin-firm, PaddyPower, has introduced a new market on Gord’s Approval ratings.

The market applies to “.. Gordon Browns approval rating (% of those who consider Brown to be doing the job of PM well or fairly well) as Prime Minister according to the most recent YouGov poll on Dec 31st 2009. Bets void should he not be Prime Minister.”

I assume from the table above that if this had been operating last year then the YouGov “Yes” rating of December 12th 2008 would have applied – 38%. These are the latest prices.

Given Brown’s run of very poor ratings from April through to September 2008 then the 8/1 on it being less than 20% seems the best value bet. Alas PaddyPower won’t let you put much on.

Marf on Woman’s Hour – you can hear her interview starting after about 35 minutes.

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