Steve Kornacki is restoring Democrats’ faith in data, one chewed pen at a time
If you were a progressive on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, chances are you were apoplectic about the polls — and viscerally angry at every single nerd who analyzed them.
Nate Silver failed us, so the Tweetstorm went. So did The Upshot, Cook Political Report, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, RealClearPolitics — basically anyone and everyone responsible for interpreting our political future.
Later analyses found that the 2016 polls were actually more accurate than 2012’s — just 2.2 percentage points off the actual vote margin, compared to 2012’s 2.9. For many, this statistical nuance was irrelevant. Data journalism was dead. Long live Bill Mitchell. Read more…More about Watercooler, 2018 Midterm Elections, Steve Kornacki, Culture, and Politics
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