Numbers can tell a story, but they can also be misleading. And as we now know, pre-election polls in the 2016 Presidential Election predicted the wrong outcome with Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the Electoral vote.
Wall Street Journal Data Reporter Paul Overberg shared his insights about the role data played in the historic election in his presentation, “By the Numbers: Data, Journalism and the 2016 Election,” at the College’s Media Innovation Center on November 28.
Overberg addressed problems in polling, such as outdated data-gathering methods and the “shy voter” phenomenon, in which voters aren’t always truthful about their choices. He also discussed the possible impact of both candidates’ historically high unfavorability ratings leading up to the election.