It’s interesting to note the strength Obama and Sanders both show among Democrats Abroad. Perhaps Democrats living in other countries have gained perspective on political possibilities in other places? Or a keener sense of global social injustice? Or, more prosaically, could it be that more moderate and conservative Hillary voters are more motivated to obtain and send in absentee ballots?
Read the full Daily Kos article here.
Une centaine d'Américains ont participé au scrutin permettant aux membres du parti démocrate vivant à l'étranger de désigner les délégués qui éliront leur candidat à la présidentielle.
Read the full Nice-Matin article (in French) here.
Early exit polls showed a wide difference between Democrats and Republicans on whether they wanted a candidate to "have experience" or to "be an outsider." And that trend bore out across states — across the first nine Democratic contests, 74 to 86 percent of voters wanted a candidate who had experience. On the GOP side, it was only 34 to 46 percent.
And though Sanders is by no means inexperienced in politics, Clinton is the clear choice of Democratic voters who prioritize experience. Trump, meanwhile, is the quintessential outsider.
Given this stat, it's not at all a surprise that Clinton and Trump had such strong nights.
Oh no, I have to say that on balance, I'm worried about the state of polling right now.
So traditional telephone polls - and let's take the best polls, like Pew Research, for example, who do call cell phones. Their response rates - so how many people actually respond to the poll, the ones they would like to respond - has gone from about 35 percent 20 years ago to I think it is 9 percent now. So they're kind of hoping the 9 percent of people they do reach are representative of the 100 percent of people they would like to reach.
In some sense, it's worked remarkably well. I mean, the polls were pretty good in the past two presidential elections. But we've seen cases in other democracies, such as the United Kingdom, for example, Greece, Scotland, Israel, where the polls were pretty far off on election day. And I think that should worry people.
Eventually, I think, like everything else, we'll lead our lives online, and online polling will be the standard. But people haven't really figured out what the kind of gold-standard methodology is for online polling.
Listen to the full NPR - Fresh Air interview here.
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Gone unmentioned so far is that even if Clinton won that Miracle Six — and there were no other coin tosses — it would make little difference in the outcome. That is, in part, because of the complicated way Iowa Democrats allocate their delegates — and what was being reported on election night and what wasn't.
Read the full story here on NPR.
As the election year of 2016 kicks off, it is a good time to reflect on how we will vote. Not only are issues important but also the character of a candidate and how they approach decisions. Here's an interesting article that highlights how to approach the polling box:
- Do applaud careful reflection.
- Don't applaud insults.
- Do applaud feelings.
- Don't applaud manipulation.
- Do applaud collaborative behavior.
- Don't applaud black-and-white thinking.
- Do applaud apologies.
- Don't applaud evasiveness.
- Do applaud curiosity.
Read the full article here.
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