2008 Someone’s Going to Write a Paper on the Li’l Bradley Effect in 5…4…3…2…
posted by October 29 at 12:00 PMon
Here is good news: the Weekly Reader election for under-18 students has just finished. 125,000 kids of all ages participated, and the results have been announced: Obama 54.7%, John McCain 42.9%. “Who gives a flying fuck?” I can hear you say, and I say in response, “Hold your goddamned horses, already! I was just getting to that.”
The Weekly Reader election has correctly guessed the outcome of the real election for the past 12 out of 13 elections, missing only the 1992 Bush/Clinton/Perot election (the kids chose Bush). That’s 52 years. Some people think the accuracy is due to the fact that most parents talk openly at home about who they’re going to vote for, making this one of the most accurate polls of the electoral year.
This article breaks down the results state by state, including the mini-electoral college, and it’s interesting stuff. I highly recommend checking it out.