The Numbers Game
Are you waking up each morning and checking the latest presidential polls? Do
they really mean anything? And where is
This week, MediaShift's Mark Glaser takes an in-depth look at what the polls mean, and the best sites to fill your weekend with the numbers geek version of junk food.
"These sites enable our need to know how elections are trending right now. FiveThirtyEight has its electoral-vote simulation projection map each weekday; Pollster.com has a clickable electoral map and various line graphs with rollover features; and RealClearPolitics includes a daily snapshot of polls along with political news and blog headlines."
One of the most-relied on polls out there is from
"Quinnipiac started conducting local surveys in 1988 as an outgrowth of a marketing class. In 1994, the university hired a CBS News election-night analyst to expand the relatively casual polling services into a full-time operation. It did this, at least in part, to make a name for itself."
Are you following the polls intently? What web sites do you turn to for your election numbers fix?