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Entries from October 14th, 2004

A Chat with Charlie Cook; Third Bush-Kerry Debate

October 14th, 2004, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

The Washington Post hosts an online chat with Charlie Cook. This is excellent, a treat. He slams on the quality of polling information available on the Internet. Despite being a purveyor, I agree with him. How’s that for mind-bending. The effects of the last debate won’t show up until next week. Polls typically take at […]

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What-If Questions

October 13th, 2004, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

Lately I have been asked what-if questions (What if Bush wins Ohio? What if Kerry wins Wisconsin?) I have three ways of answering this type of question. The last answer may be of practical use in guiding your activism! 1. Flipping states: How much is the win probability affected by guaranteeing a given state? If […]

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The Party ID Problem

October 5th, 2004, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

As previously mentioned, I have been looking at the party-ID numbers in the Gallup data. I have found evidence that party ID is not fixed over time. The Gallup poll internal numbers contain the fraction of voters who call themselves Republican, Democratic, or independent. The average GOP fraction is 39%, but fluctuates. The fluctuation has […]

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The Median Elector Vote Swings

October 2nd, 2004, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

The median electoral vote (EV) estimate is very sensitive to swings in reported opinion because of the winner-take-all mechanism of awarding EV. Under near-tie conditions I find that the change is about 30 EV per 1-point change in the popular margin. Therefore Kerry’s approximately 110-EV slide since mid-August represents a 4-point swing, equivalent to 2% […]

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