Tracking polls, post election
Do we need post election Gallup tracking poll? Matt Yglesias thinks we don’t. But, with data, isn’t more the merrier? May be we can compare the President’s job approval with the President-Elect’s favorability and try to draw some behavioral economics insights. MIT Economist Dan Ariely, in his book Predictably Irrational, says
we not only tend to compare things with one another but also tend to focus on comparing things that are easily comparable–and avoid comparing things that cannot be compared easily.
Obama’s favorability mirrors Bush’s job approval now. Is that because, it is easier for people to compare the two now and will this change after Jan 20, 2009 when Obama is all by himself at the helm, with no unfavorable target to be compared against?