Posted on July 31, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Oh, am I happy. Here’s where I’ll be, every day, for at least some little period of time: xRank on Politicians.
Every pollster and political consultant will like this – and okay, just plain political junkies anywhere, in this heightened political campaign year. Politicians themselves will also want to check out their up/down arrow (Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was hot “with a bullet” for a while because of the Obama VP rumors, but he’s falling now; John Edwards love-child stories are hot-hot-hot! right now). Check it out yourself.
xRank has been live for a while with celebrities’ names – but who cared about that? Politicians – ah, good stuff. Maybe we’ll give geeks their Andy Warhol moment and add technologists soon
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Posted on July 12, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Fact: According to the latest Rasmussen poll released Saturday July 12, and promptly headlined by the Drudge Report, “The race for the White House is tied. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama and John McCain each attract 43% of the vote.” Newsweek is reporting a similar result in its own poll, with Obama moving down and McCain up (“Obama, McCain in Statistical Dead Heat“), and other polls increasingly show a similarly close race.
Analysis: I’ve been tracking the growing divide between two quite different methods purporting to offer statistical predictive analysis for the November presidential election. Polls are saying one thing, but Prediction Markets are saying another.
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Posted on February 28, 2008 by lewisshepherd
Fact: The final Reuters/Zogby poll in California, published the day before the Super Tuesday primary in that state, had Mitt Romney up by seven points on the Republican side, and Barack Obama ahead by 13 points in the Democratic primary. In fact John McCain won by eight points, and Hillary Clinton by 10 points. According to an attempted explanation by John Zogby, “Some of you may have noticed our pre-election polling differed from the actual results.”
Analysis: From my old political-involvement days, I have lots of friends who have been working on various presidential campaigns this year; several are still active – some on McCain’s staff, and one is with Hillary Clinton (having led her to an upset victory in California, and now her honcho in Texas). Bipartisanship in practice! But I can’t trust what they tell me, and each side tells me a lot about what’s purportedly “going to happen.”
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