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Matthew Smith

Data journalist at YouGov

Data journalist at YouGov

Most 18-24 Year-Old Women Say They've Been Sexually Harassed In A Public Place In The Last Five Years

YouGov conducted research for Channel 5 on the issue in late September (about three weeks before the Weinstein story broke). It reveals that the majority (52%) of 18-24 year old women say they have experienced sexual harassment in a public place in the last five years. Among British women of all ages the figure is 24%, with older women less likely to have been harassed than young women.
20/10/2017 10:26 BST

Period Pain Makes It Harder For Most Women To Work

As many as 91% of women say they have ever had period pains, and among those women who have had period pains and have worked, most (57%) say that period pains have affected their ability to work. Yet only around a quarter (27%) of women whose performance has been affected by period pain have ever admitted to their employer that this was the case.
01/08/2017 15:07 BST

How Many Dates Should You Wait Before Having Sex With Someone?

Despite not being the most popular option for men or women, the "three date rule" is more popular when Brits think about other people's romantic entanglements. When asked how many times they thought a newly dating couple should go out before having sex for the first time, 16% of Brits gave three dates as the most appropriate milestone, including 18% of men and 14% of women.
30/03/2017 11:41 BST

Almost Half Of Brits Think The Trump State Visit Should Go Ahead

New YouGov data shows that just under half (49%) of Britons believe Donald Trump's proposed state visit later this year should go ahead, while over a third (36%) want it cancelled. The visit, which will see the new president meet with the Queen, has provoked mass protests in the UK and has seen nearly 1.7million people sign the petition calling for the plug to be pulled on Trump's trip. It follows the president's controversial order banning refugees from various countries entering the US.
01/02/2017 10:37 GMT

Han Solo Is Britain's Favourite Star Wars Character

Han Solo is Britain's most beloved <em>Star Wars</em> character, with 21% of those who have ever watched a Star Wars film saying that he was their favourite. Han is even more favoured by those who consider themselves <em>Star Wars</em> fans, at 28%. It is clear that Brits will have been upset with the plot of <em>Episode VII</em>, which sees Solo killed at the end of the movie by his own son.
14/12/2016 11:11 GMT

Europeans: Trump Would Be A Terrible President, Clinton An Average One

If the US presidential election was held in Europe, Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide, a new seven country study by YouGov shows. However, people in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway are not that enthusiastic about the prospect - believing that the former Secretary of State would only be an "average" president and seemingly voting for her because they believe Donald Trump would be a "terrible" Commander in Chief.
02/11/2016 13:20 GMT

Will It Be Glory For Ore?

Following his tens from the judges, Ore Oduba is challenging Danny Mac for viewers' affections as we enter the show's fifth weekend, the latest YouGov Strictly tracker reveals. The BBC Sport presenter is now the contestant viewers are rooting for, with almost a third (32%) of those with an opinion saying he is the dancer they most want to win.
21/10/2016 16:49 BST

Woolfe Was Firm Members' Favourite For Ukip Leader Before Quitting Party

Woolfe had been the Ukip heir apparent in the first of this autumn's Ukip leadership elections, but failed to submit his paperwork on time to be eligible to stand. Now, in the first ever survey of Ukip party members by any polling company, YouGov can reveal that Steven Woolfe was the favourite candidate of party members - even if he'd had to compete with Nigel Farage.
18/10/2016 11:33 BST

Anastacia, Ore And Lesley Find Themselves In The Strictly Danger Zone

Unfortunately for Anastacia YouGov's weekly <em>Strictly</em> tracker sees her dropping to second-last place in the ranking of who viewers with an opinion would most like to win. She joins Ore Oduba and Lesley Joseph in the public opinion danger zone - just 1% of viewers want each star to win, and if they fail to score well with the judges to compensate they are at serious risk of being eliminated.
07/10/2016 12:22 BST

Labour Is Losing Its Leave Voters

Labour is struggling to hold on to its former voters who wanted Brexit, according to the last YouGov/Times survey before the Labour leadership election result is announced... Looking at why former Labour voters are now reluctant to vote Labour again lays the problem clearly at Jeremy Corbyn's door. More than seven in ten (71%) 2015 Labour voters said that they won't vote Labour again because they don't think that Corbyn would make a good Prime Minister. A majority also said that they doubted Labour would be able to form a competent government, and that the party doesn't represent their views.
23/09/2016 16:43 BST

One in Four Students Suffer From Mental Health Problems

The extent of mental health problems in UK universities has been laid bare in a new YouGov survey of Britain's students. More than a quarter of students (27%) report having a mental health problem of one type or another. Female students are more likely to say they have mental health problems than males (34% vs 19%), and LGBT students have a particularly high likelihood of mental health problems compared to their heterosexual counterparts (45% vs 22%). For a significant proportion of students who report mental health issues, these problems can make even day-to-day tasks difficult. Nearly half (47%) say that that they have trouble completing some daily tasks and a further 4% say they cannot complete even simple tasks.
11/08/2016 08:44 BST

Majority of Voters Think Ukip Is on the Way Out

Despite the runaway success of the UK Independence Party - with four million votes at the 2015 general election and a Brexit vote at the EU referendum - the majority of voters don't believe that the party will spend much longer as a force in British politics.
09/08/2016 17:33 BST