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Entries from July 18th, 2016

The party conventions begin

July 18th, 2016, 8:01am by Sam Wang

The Republican Party’s national convention starts today [schedule]. Conventions are a chance for a political party to showcase their unity, their candidate, and their policies. Next week the Democrats take the national stage. Viewers will get a fairly direct contrast. As measured via state polls, the Presidential race shows Hillary Clinton slightly ahead of where [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · House · President · Senate

FOO (freakouts over outliers)

July 15th, 2016, 1:00pm by Sam Wang

A CBS/NYT poll released yesterday indicated a 40-40 tie between Clinton and Trump. Cue media freakout. This illustrates the point that news organizations habitually report on outlier events, a bad move when it comes to data points when other data points are available. Four other surveys with mostly overlapping dates show Clinton +1% (Morning Consult), YouGov/Economist [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · President

Politics and Polls #3: A Referendum on the Incumbent Party?

July 14th, 2016, 3:30pm by Sam Wang

In Politics & Polls #3 (podcast), Julian Zelizer and I talk about the extent to which the election is a referendum on the governing party…and who that might benefit. Courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson School. [Politics & Polls on iTunes] [on SoundCloud]

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Tags: 2016 Election · House · President

What is fascism?

July 13th, 2016, 8:31am by Sam Wang

We have a few weeks of waiting to see where polls are headed. I expect many undeclared voters to choose up sides after the conventions. In the meantime, the political theater is a more riveting story. Not necessarily in a good way. For those who take the long view, Umberto Eco’s essay defining “Ur-Fascism” is [...]

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Technical Article Of The Day

July 11th, 2016, 9:55pm by Sam Wang

New in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a review of the national and state-level impacts of the Affordable Care Act…by Barack Obama, J.D.! I guess everyone can use a boost to the ol’ C.V. Seriously, though, I believe that makes him the first President to publish in a peer-reviewed journal (with two formal [...]

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Tags: Health · President

Politics and Polls #2: Does the VP Pick Still Matter?

July 8th, 2016, 10:00am by Sam Wang

In the second segment of Politics and Polls, Julian Zelizer and I discuss what the vice-presidential pick might accomplish for the candidates. Courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson School. [Politics & Polls on iTunes]

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Can Trump bring undecideds home?

July 7th, 2016, 9:05am by Sam Wang

The look on the Trumps faces as they watched Cruz’s speech pic.twitter.com/0FoGaoM9Xp — Jon Passantino (@passantino) July 21, 2016 July 20, 11:44pm: In light of tonight’s RNC speech by Ted Cruz, in which he pointedly did not endorse Donald Trump, it seems appropriate to revive this post from last week. Trump’s biggest deficit is lack [...]

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Correction

July 6th, 2016, 11:01am by Sam Wang

We are repairing a problem in our HuffPollster feed. We were not scraping states with few polls, and in those cases were using 2012 election results. This is now corrected. Current polls make the following states closer by at least three percentage points compared with 2012: AR, CO, CT, KS, ME, TN, TX, and WA. [...]

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Politics and Polls: a podcast with Julian Zelizer

July 1st, 2016, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

It’s a new collaboration with Julian Zelizer over in History. The first episode, produced by the Woodrow Wilson school, is posted here, as well as on iTunes. Topics include: is a 1964-like landslide possible this year? Does Brexit teach us anything about the Trump phenomenon? Does The Party Decide on nominees? Is a realignment of [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · House · President · Senate