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Author: Mike Smithson

Could Britain’s COVID rate be impacted by the actual jab that was used?

Could Britain’s COVID rate be impacted by the actual jab that was used?

At the weekend I got my “booster” jab and unlike my earlier two vaccinations, it was the Pfizer one and not Astrazeneca which was given to tens of millions of Brits like me in the first waves of the vaccination programme. Having a genetic condition that has led to two pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lung) in the past I have been very aware of the risks posed by COVID and have been ultra-careful in my behaviour. I know…

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Trump becoming a stronger favourite for WH2024

Trump becoming a stronger favourite for WH2024

One thing that we know is almost a certainty – that the decade’s biggest current betting market by far will be on who will be elected President in November 2024. Even with three years to go the betting is pretty active with the money piling on Trump who has made it clear that he would like to be the nominee next time. Although Jo Biden is in second place in the betting it is very difficult seeing him wanting or…

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How those saying Green 6 months before an election actually voted

How those saying Green 6 months before an election actually voted

Thanks to leading political academic, Paula Sturridge, for highlighting this – what those who told pollsters six months before an election actually did on the day. Based on the extensive British Electoral Study data she has produced the above chart which really is quite revealing. People might say they are going Green six months before polling day but a majority in the case of each of the three elections did not end up voting for the Green Party. The reason,…

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Why I chose TMay as best PM to handle COVID

Why I chose TMay as best PM to handle COVID

I was part of the YouGov sample for this polling question and when it was up on the screen I found myself taking several minutes rather than the usual few seconds to answer it. The first process in my thinking was who I should exclude and I concluded that all the men would have been too conscious of short-term political considerations to have acted in a proper and timely manner when in February and March last year COVID was upon…

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The battle against COVID could go on for years

The battle against COVID could go on for years

There will come a time, I am sure, when the fight against COVID doesn’t dominate the news but we are a long way off that. The sheer scale of the latest numbers is a sharp reminder that now is not the time to relax as appeared to be happening. Ministers seem to be trying to ensure that we continue to take a lot of precautions so that “normal”, whatever that means, life can continue. Maybe we’ll never fully get on…

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This polling trend doesn’t look good for ministers

This polling trend doesn’t look good for ministers

Ex-PBer and now Ipsos-MORI polling director, Keiran Pedley, made this comment: Looking at the trend, the net score of -25 is not as bad as the -35 this time last year. But the direction of travel is negative – question is what happens from here…things recovered slightly in Nov last year & then more as vaccine rollout landed in 2021. Last year this tracker predicated several LAB leads in VI polling. Could we be about to see the same happen…

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