New research suggests the opposite - voters were more likely to back Labour if they thought they would win.
If you’ve just joined us, the prime minister over-riding the Fixed Terms Parliament Act to improve her own political prospects is accusing other people of treating politics as a game.
Theresa May used to say an election would cause "instability". Now she says it's the only way to stop instability. So which is it?
"The country is coming together but Westminster is not," claimed the prime minister.
Who gives a crap who wins this thing? In cosmic terms we’ll all be dead in a blink of an eye anyway.
The Prime Minister's shock decision to seek an early election has many consequences.
"Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative," the opposition leader says.
The prime minister has announced that a Commons vote will be held on Wednesday.
The polls could be wrong again. But that may be bad news for Labour.
For Labour's divided tribes, the question is like the Mirror of Erised: you see what you want in it.
The discredited candidate of the conservative mainstream is damaged, but his presidential prospects aren't dead yet.