If viewed as an expectation game, there can be no question that Miliband triumphed tonight. First up, the lobby:
Miliband very weak on borrowing but he survived the character stuff and fought back with humour. He gets a clear win overall
? Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) March 26, 2015
Polling will be interesting. Em had the best of that, but DC had record to defend. Studio Audience turned against Paxman
? Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) March 26, 2015
Expectations were lower for Miliband, but he beat Cameron in the Paxo bout #BattleForNumber10
? Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) March 26, 2015
Think that worked very well for Miliband.
? Isabel Hardman (@IsabelHardman) March 26, 2015
Ed cruised it
? Torcuil Crichton (@Torcuil) March 26, 2015
Ed Miliband getting better & better against Paxo after sticky start, even winning applause at times. Getting animated too. Strong finish.
? joncraigSKY (@joncraig) March 26, 2015
Final score: David Cameron: 1 ? Ed Miliband: 2 ? Jeremy Paxman: 3 #BatleForNumber10
? James Kirkup (@jameskirkup) March 26, 2015
Miliband lost the exit polls by 54%/46% with Guardian/ICM and 51%/49% with YouGov:
But Scrapbook doubts Team Cameron will be cheered much. Here?s why:
ICM tells us that Miliband slaughtered the PM with undecided voters by 56% to 30%.