I regularly cover the political polls with a view to providing readers with an objective overview of what the different pollsters have found.

We have a database of all the national polls going back several years that I use to provide context to the stories.

This allows me to focus on the long-term trends and provide context to any individual poll finding.

The stories are complemented by our interactive 
Poll of Polls visualisations.

9 Sept, 2014: Coalition behind in polls after a year

The federal government has suffered a sustained and significant loss in its primary and two-party preferred polling after one year in power, with the signals on any possible recovery mixed.

Voters are also unimpressed with the leaders of both main parties, with the dissatisfaction ratings of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten rising since last year.

Read more about the latest polls at The Australian Financial Review.

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The Australian Financial Review’s Polling Explorer was designed to help make sense of the data deluge that accompanies every federal budget. The interactive features five modules tackling a different major element of the budget. It was produced with the fine data visualisation experts from Small Multiples.

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Poll of Polls
This interactive graphic combines nine sources of election information into one visualisation. The design only uses the Labor two-party preferred polling data and presents this vertically. A simple weighted average of the polls is used to produce a weekly average. On the right-hand side the average poll result is converted into a probability and below this is an averaged betting market probability. The idea is that readers can get a quick update on the state of the polls and how they compare with the betting market assessment. They can then dive into the information by selected one or more poll to track and seeing how it changes over time.
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How fast is LAFD where you live? An analysis by the Los Angeles Times Data Desk

Interactive map from an LA Times series on emergency response times

In the US state that supplies most of the world’s bourbon, I saw a possible future for journalism. In that future, reporters are as adept at crunching numbers and interrogating databases as they are at interviewing, and write code as much as they do copy.

I once dismissed the idea that a journalist needed to learn how to program as a waste of time. Then last summer I tried my hand at some basic web programming (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery) after attending Computer Assisted Reporting Bootcamp, a course put on by the Media Alliance in association with the US-based National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR). It proved valuable – I can now create simple tools such as interactive tables for The Australian Financial Review’s website – but I remained unconvinced.

But that was before I travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 20th NICAR conference earlier this year. I was one of 600 journalists, programmers and designers who had gathered from 15 countries to exchange techniques and ideas over four days.

I alternated between feeling completely inspired and utterly overwhelmed, so it helped that I was in a state that claims to produce 95 per cent of the world’s bourbon.

The conference was host to the full spectrum of journalists, from reporters who had only ever used basic Excel commands through to those who spent their days programming. I heard from journalist after journalist who had learned how to code and been converted to the benefits of programming.

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The Australian Financial Review’s Budget Explorer was designed to help make sense of the data deluge that accompanies every federal budget. The interactive features five modules tackling a different major element of the budget. It was produced with the fine data visualisation experts from Small Multiples.
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Major Initiatives and Savings
This module allows readers to explore the government’s 2013 budgetary juggling act by comparing major policy initiatives with major spending cuts.
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Social media will be a key battleground in this year’s Federal Election with the major parties using Twitter, Facebook and YoutTube to get their message out and fire up their supporter base.

The Financial Review has developed an interactive database of the key stats for all the federal politicians on social media. I will be updating and reporting on this database every month.

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Interactive | Liberals outgun Labor in social media

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Social media Interactive Database – Edmund Tadros

Explore the Financial Review’s interactive database of federal politicians on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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