Bobby Duffy
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Bobby Duffy is MD of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute and Global Director of Ipsos Social Research Institute. Bobby joined MORI in 1994, and now leads a team of around 200 researchers in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.

While at Ipsos MORI, he has spent time on secondment at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and as a User Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the LSE.

He has worked across most public policy areas and has been responsible for many of our highest profile publications and studies, including our Closing the Gaps report on perceptions of crime, our work for UNICEF UK on child-wellbeing and our series of “Frontiers of Performance” reports, including in local government. Partly as a result of these, he was named one of the top 10 thought leaders in local government by the Local Government Chronicle in 2011.

He is a frequent public speaker and commentator, having appeared on the Today programme, Newsnight, ITN News at 10, BBC News at 6 and many others. He has written widely on social policy issues, including in the Guardian, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Prospect, New Statesman, Public Finance, Huffington Post and many others.

He has served on many expert panels and advisory groups including for CLG on housing and local government, for Demos, ippr, the RSA and the University of York.

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The Perils of Perception

(463) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (16:07)

People are wildly wrong when we ask them about many aspects of life in Britain, as highlighted in a new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King's College London.

Just to pick out three big errors on...

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Making the Case For Aid

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (14:59)

The next few months are crucial for the long-term future of international development policy and foreign aid. The Millennium Development Goals come to an end in 2015, and the planning for what comes next is already well underway.

But these discussions are happening in a very different...

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The Generation Frame

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2012 | (13:36)

We're at a key point in the influence of different generations on our society. In his book The Pinch, David Willetts talks about how we're in "generational equipoise", where the median person is around 40 years old and can expect to live to 80. But we also have a balance...

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The Chancellor's Autumn Statement: Reasons He'll Be Cheerful?

(2) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (23:01)

The economy is still the top issue for the government as chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne prepares for his Autumn Statement before Parliament today, and the economy remains the top issue for the public as well. Over half of Britons (55%) report it as a key issue in the...

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Cameron and Osborne's Double Dip in the Polls

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2012 | (21:52)

After months of pretty boring stability in political polling, a number of recent surveys suggest we're finally seeing signs of change.

The most striking shift is the decline in personal ratings of David Cameron: the Ipsos MORI/Evening Standard survey released on Tuesday has the PM on his...

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After Fukushima Public Opinion is Still Unclear on Nuclear Power

(7) Comments | Posted 11 March 2012 | (23:00)

The tragedy at Fukushima one year ago has had a hugely varied impact on public opinion and energy policy around the world. In our polling immediately afterwards, the effect seemed likely to be significant: a quarter of those who opposed nuclear power in the 24 countries surveyed said they did...

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Autumn Statement: The Chancellor Needs to Pull Off an Impossible Trick

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2011 | (08:16)

The Chancellor needs to pull off an impossible trick in the Autumn Statement today. On the one hand, he must maintain confidence among the financial markets that he's sticking to a credible deficit reduction plan. If he doesn't, we could be punished with higher costs of borrowing, making paying down...

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