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What do past elections tell us about the accuracy of the polls?

In seven of the last nine general elections they have been right—so don't count on an upset this week

By Nicholas Earl  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meeting supporters before giving a stump speech during General Election campaigning in Telford ©Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour has been gaining ground in the polls. The degree of its success, however, and whether or not the term “momentum” can be applied to anything other than its grassroots organisation, is still up for debate. That said, clearly Jeremy Corbyn’s party has improved on its position on 18th April, when Theresa May called a general election hoping for a landslide.

According to YouGov, Labour has cut a gap of 24 points to…

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