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The Polling Effect of "Hackgate"

So in conclusion - from the polling so far hackgate appears to have had only a small negative effect on the Conservatives in the polls, and one which may already be fading. While people think Cameron has handled it badly, it has had only a minor effect on his broader approval ratings. Ed Miliband meanwhile has seen a significant boost in how the public see him, though it remains to be seen if it lasts.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jul 19th, 2011 at 09:16:07 PM EST
I've been surprised by that as well, although if nothing else it has given Miliband the opportunity to present himself as a credible leader.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 07:02:17 AM EST
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So far, nobody has really tied this to the Tories. After all, everybody remembers how cosy Blair was with the Murdochs, so it's a case of "they're all in it up to their necks" right now.

All Miliband has done is won the right to have his views heard without being automatically disregarded. To turn that into positive ratings he's got to take the next step, such as with his speech about linking the behaviour of bankers with that of Murdoch, of creating real policy alternatives and using those as the foundation for attacking the coalition.

But till he does that, all he's done is gone into parking orbit

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 08:35:20 AM EST
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