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Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley

Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex
My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.

Why US presidents shouldn't rely on stock market performance to win votes

Oct 05, 2020 14:19 pm UTC| Politics

While Donald Trumps positive test for COVID-19 provoked volatility on US stock markets, they remain only a few percentage points down from the all-time highs reached in early September. After a crash in March caused by...

Skyrocketing unemployment is bad news for Boris Johnson

Jul 30, 2020 15:59 pm UTC| Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the UK economy and major increases in unemployment are already occurring. It has already been reported that 649,000 jobs have disappeared during the lockdown. If history...

US under Trump Series

How the coronavirus economic crisis could hit Donald Trump's re-election prospects

Apr 22, 2020 13:07 pm UTC| Politics

The US currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world and the highest number of deaths. Many commentators claim that President Donald Trumps reaction to the mounting health crisis has been confused...

These four decisions by the opposition could deliver Boris Johnson a majority in this election

Nov 19, 2019 02:42 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Our latest poll of polls shows that the Conservatives are moving into a possibly decisive lead over their rivals in voting intentions for the UK election. This is in large part because Brexit Party support is collapsing....

UK election: head to the polls in haste, repent the result at leisure

Oct 29, 2019 19:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

British political parties are positioning themselves for an impending general election but that doesnt mean it will happen before Christmas. The prime ministers tactic of offering extra time for debating his withdrawal...

Conservatives poll lead continues, despite Brexit turmoil

Oct 09, 2019 13:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Trends in vote intention polls show that the Conservatives continue to have a sizeable lead over their rivals. As of October 1, the Conservatives were on 33%, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats running well behind, tied...

Will a second referendum deliver a vote to remain? What polling tells us

Dec 21, 2018 11:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

With the gridlock in parliament continuing and preparations by the UK government and by Brussels for a no-deal Brexit being put in place, a second referendum on EU membership might well be on the cards. But it raises an...

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Economy

New Chinese law restricts sensitive exports, prescribes retaliation against threats

China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports and taking reciprocal measures toward countries or regions that abuse export controls and threaten its national security and interests. Export controls under the...

Egypt exceeds IMF's growth expectation amid pandemic

Egypt exceeded the International Monetary Funds (IMF) expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the latter to raise its estimate of the countrys economic growth rate from 2 percent during the last fiscal year to...

Indian government raises country of origin rule vs Amazon, Walmart

The Indian government is giving Amazons local unit and Walmarts Flipkart 15 days to explain why sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule specifying the goods country of origin. In its notices, the...

Chinese to post 5.2% Q3 surge, on track for 2.3% full-year growth

Chinas economic recovery surged in the third quarter with growth expected to come in at 5.2 percent due to consumer spending gradually stepping up as fears about coronavirus waned, AFPs survey revealed. AFPs survey,...

Biden's poll lead boosts shares of gun manufacturers

Shares of gun makers have been surging as Democratic candidate Joe Biden who vowed to increase gun regulation widened his lead in the polls against President Donald Trump since their debate. Smith Wessons stock is up...

Politics

Joe Biden warning: Former VP says he expects more attacks from Donald Trump and allies about Hunter Biden reports

A big talking point amongst Donald Trump and his allies is former vice president Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine. Following the widely disputed New York Post reports about his son, Biden...

Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father's anti-environment agenda

Environmental conservation and protection is one of the biggest challenges that people face today aside from climate change as a prevalent issue. However, Ivanka Trumps sudden support for conserving trees was criticized,...

Melania Trump slams former friend in White House statement following DOJ lawsuit

While a handful of books have already been written about first lady Melania Trump, she has usually remained mum or has already dismissed all the claims in the book. However, following the tell-all written by her former...

Donald Trump revelation: POTUS' new golf course in Scotland criticized by conservationists

Donald Trump is known for having properties in and outside the United States. Trumps new venture in building another golf course in Scotland was met with criticism coming from conservationists. Trump has received the...

Science

Climate change discovery: Changing global temperatures may have been the cause of human extinction in the past

Climate change today is becoming more and more of a problem that the toll it has taken on the environment has become more evident especially in recent years. Aside from leading to the extinction of certain species of...

NASA discovery: New study suggests Moon once protected Earth from solar rays

Earth has often been hit by solar rays and solar radiation, but the atmosphere has protected us from the intense and dangerous amount of radiation given by the sun. A new study by NASA, however, suggests that at some point...

Asteroid alert: 11-meter space rock to fly past Earth this weekend

Asteroids regularly pass by our planet during their journey through space. This weekend, another rock is set to approach Earth, as NASA has detected. NASA has detected an asteroid traveling through space at a rate of...

Climate change discovery: 6.4 million year-old fossil reveals monkeys learned to adapt to rising temperatures

Over time, Earth has experienced the problem of climate change. Unfortunately, it has become even more evident today, with the temperatures continuously rising due to human activity. An archaeological discovery has...

Technology

iPad Air 4 release date listed as Oct. 23 by several retailers

More evidence has surfaced online suggesting that the iPad Air 4 pre-order will open on the same day as the iPhone 12 on Friday, Oct. 16. Reports have it that third-party retailers have also listed the tablet with a...

Playstation 5: Pre-orders of PS5 console units sold out faster than expected

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month and Sony officially opened its pre-order options last month. The company already announced months ago that it will only offer a limited number of PS5 units due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

‘Valorant’: New map Icebox arrives in Competitive mode at a later date

The addition of the Icebox map has to be one of the reasons Valorant patch 1.10 was widely anticipated. However, the new gameplay map will not roll out on all game modes just yet as Riot Games confirm it is going live at a...

‘Overwatch’ Halloween Terror event is back; Blizzard launches Junkenstein’s Revenge challenges, new skins and more

Overwatch holds its Halloween Terror event every year and this 2020, this annual spooky fest is returning with new challenges, Halloween skins and more. Blizzard also launched the Junkensteins Revenge co-op mode and there...
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