I thought it would be interesting to examine recent political events to see whether there’s evidence that Camp Rudd has been attempting to influence Newspoll results.

I’ve chronologically listed key events and the Newspoll results in the table below. The events include articles and opinion pieces that appear to be prompted/informed by Rudd supporters.

It appears that in many cases, Rudd supporters stir the pot either in the week leading up to Newspoll running their fortnightly survey, or when the researchers are in the field.

If this is a deliberate ploy, it’s debatable whether the tactic is delivering the desired outcome.

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  1. Tanner is releasing a book on his time in the `gang of four`, and not sounding good for Joolya or ALP. Noise-polls now moot.?

  2. Hmm! Rudd would be a twit to take the leadership role now, his strategy, one would think, would be to sit and wait.
    If Gillard & Labor win (possible) then he hasn’t rocked the boat and could still play a role in Government, or get Labor to give him a nice sinecure with the UN (Australia’s UN rep perhaps).
    Labor loses, with the massacre that’s being predicted, he (should he win [likely]) will be able to become the leader again — on the ‘told you you shouldna dun it’ backlash. Labor with such a significant loss will need to reorganise under the review (Tanner’s comments) and become a better party for it. What if Shorten — Labor will sink into the mire with the view that the bully boy parts of the union has triumphed. Even a long term unionista like myself would not vote Labor if Shorten gets anywhere near the Labor leadership. GOD!! I might have to vote Green! Or even independent!! Now there’s a terrible thought!

  3. Robert McClelland has obviously not read Jasper and Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle or he would know that it was the small fluffy dog and not JG’s office behind the fuss ;)

  4. That says nothing – Newspoll run fortnightly operations and your records show Rudd related news running within each fortnight. I think you’re seeing what you want to see, but not seeing what’s actually there in your own data.

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