Dear Benedict Brogan…

Hi Benedict,

Saw that you just wrote: “The snap polls gave the debate to Mr Cameron.”

That seems a bit odd given the actual poll results are:

YouGov and Populus – Cameron winner
ComRes, Angus Reid and ICM – Clegg winner

I can’t quite see how that tallies up with your statement?

Best wishes,


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  • Nicky McLaughlin 22nd Apr '10 - 11:40pm
  • off-topic, but I think the polls were a bit hard on Gordon Brown, debate-wise. He’d be an authoritarian disaster to vote for, but he put in quite a good performance if we were going to judge just on the 90 min, and he did try hard. I think I feel a bit sorry for him.

  • Well done Mark – keep the ********* straight!

  • Well done Mark. Those little sods will try it on every time…

  • Well what do you know – the Daily Mail has 6 polls on it’s website (only 4 of which are proper opinion polls) – 4 of which say Clegg won –

    Guardian/ICM: Clegg win on 33%, with Cameron and Brown tied on 29%.
    Angus Reid: Clegg win with 33%, Cameron on 32% and Brown on 23%.
    YouGov/Sun: Cameron win with 36%, 32% for Clegg and 29% for Brown.
    ComRes/ITV: Clegg win with 33%, Brown and Cameron tied on 30%

    MailOnline: Clegg win with 46%, Cameron on 41%, Brown on 14%
    Sky poll of polls: Cameron and Clegg tied on 33%, Brown

    reported as “The Tory leader appeared to be the winner of the second leaders’ debate, reining in the Clegg bandwagon”

    Even the online poll of Daily Mail readers has Clegg ahead !

  • Philip Young 23rd Apr '10 - 8:11am

    Benedict Brogan did a long piece about the troubles inside the Tory campaign on Wednesday, saying local Conservatives feel “Eastbourne is all but lost”, that Liberal Democrats are holding up well against vigorous Tory assaults, and that Cameron has ten days to save their campaign. This followed on from a long item by deputy ed. Simon Heffer blaming the malaise within the Tory Camp on Cameron and Osborne.

    ….This was just before the combined guns of the Mail, Express, Sun and Telegraph yesterday.

  • The Daily Mail is today running a straw poll on who would eb the best Chancellor – Cable, Darling or Kenneth Clarke – George Osborne not mentioned at all – now there’s a surprise.

  • Perry James Wakeman 23rd Apr '10 - 9:34am

    In the run up to the election I’ve really had my eyes opened to how much influence the British press place on Politics.

    Hopefully Murdoch, Torygraph and general anti-Nick propaganda won’t effect too many voters.

    Fine post Mark.

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