political polling

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.
In 2015 pollsters, including YouGov called the General Election wrong. At 10pm on May 5th the broadcasters delivered a huge shock to Ed Miliband --and the rest of us. If Reg Race is right, Jeremy Corbyn is destined to get a similar shock at around 10am on September 24th.
As we enter the final weeks before the EU referendum politicians, business leaders and even celebrities have entered the campaign. High profile celebrity endorsements have included Benedict Cumberbatch (Remain), Emma Thompson (Remain), Michael Caine (Leave), and Katie Hopkins (Leave). With this in mind, YouGov asked voters how they thought 30 different fictional characters might vote on 23 June.
Jeremy Corbyn has long said that Labour party members will determine policy. The poll I released this week in conjunction with YouGov lifts the lid on the policy views of the Labour party membership, revealing a party which is ill at ease with majority opinion in the country at large.
In many respects, the way in which we talk (and perhaps the way in which we think) about general elections is decades out of date. We bend our understanding of modern events to fit the language that was coined to describe the events of the past and sometimes, even if we are aware of this, we are in danger of being led astray.
While the referendum has undoubtedly crystallised and possibly accelerated Labour's decline north of the border, the origins of that decline go back much further... It is clear that, for the second year running, Scotland may be at the epi-centre of the country's biggest political event.
With fixed Parliaments, we now all know that there are less than 100 days to go. Whilst it might make for easier planning, the downside for voters is the reality of three months being bombarded with the pre-campaign, launches of this and that, and then a really intense April with wall-to-wall coverage.
Nigel Farage won his second television debate with Nick Clegg by an even larger margin than last week. Fully 68% said the UKIP leader ‘performed better overall’, up from 57% after the first debate, while Clegg’s rating slipped from 36% to 27%...
One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work. Recently David Cameron has been criticised for surrounding himself with alumni of his own school, Eton, who (so the charge runs) cannot understand the day-to-day lives of normal people. Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...
Miliband has climbed to his highest figure when people are asked who would make the best Prime Minister. With 27%, he remains behind David Cameron, 31%. However, Cameron's 4-point lead is his lowest since Miliband became party leader, and compares with the 9-10 point lead that Cameron has generally enjoyed in recent months.