Google versus Pollsters: Who's Right?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the day, voters will be polled as they exit their voting stations. But how seriously should we be taking those polls? Isn’t there a more accurate measurement of the electorate than a few thousand voters talking to a handful of pollsters?

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz thinks so. A doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, he’s found that Google searches frequently say more about what the electorate wants than any poll.

He’s talked with us in the past about how Google search habits reveal details about our voting tendencies. And today, he joins us with insights on how last second rumors, ads, and events have changed what people search for in recent days as they prepare to elect their next president.


Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]


That guy did not invent the phrase "bromance". I don't know where it started but Brody Jenner even had a terrible MTV show a few years back named bromance.

Nov. 06 2012 03:49 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

How many Pollsters are out of work tomorrow?

Bromance has been around as a term... but I think the Movie "Bromance" starring Obama and Christie would be a funny one

Nov. 06 2012 02:07 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.