नास्तिक (heterodox)

My name is Ramesh and this is my personal blog.

Tracking polls, post election

leave a comment »

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?


Written by Ramesh

November 9, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Posted in election

Tagged with , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: