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How the Owen Paterson scandal reduced the Conservatives’ poll lead

Ben Walker joins the New Statesman Podcast team for a monthly look at the polls.

Days of “Tory sleaze” allegations have started to have measurable impact on public opinion. So, on today’s podcast, Ailbhe Rea is joined by New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker to explore what’s happening in the opinion polls – including the impact of the Owen Paterson scandal.

They look at the current state of the parties, what polls can and can’t tell you, and why the “don’t knows” really matter.

Then in You Ask Us, they answer a number of listener’s questions, including how polling methodologies differ and what it would take to get a hung parliament in the next general election.

Ben will be appearing regularly on the New Statesman Podcast for a monthly poll update. If you have a question for him, or any of the team, please email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.

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