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Friday, August 31, 2012

Statistical Analysis Of Undecided Voters In 2012

President Barack Obama campaigns to win over undecided voters in Windham, N.H. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama campaigns to win over undecided voters in Windham, N.H. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Campaign season is full of statements about values, priorities and other things that are hard to quantify. But what sort of picture of the political climate would you get if you looked at it through the lenses of statistics and mathematical analysis?

Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science at UCLA and author of the upcoming “The Gamble,”  found that undecided voters aren’t waiting for a major campaign event to make up their minds, that the economy may be helping President Obama more than we think and that Mitt Romney’s candidacy was never in question.

Guest:

  • Lynn Vavreck, associate professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA

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