Political

  • Political Campaigns Are Wasteful—So Turn Them Into Startups

    Political Campaigns Are Wasteful—So Turn Them Into Startups

    “Politics, in essence, has a research and development problem. It’s the reason the political world is woefully behind in terms of technology adoption. Abandoning election-cycle innovations wastes...

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  • Putting the Power of Campaign Targeting in Your Hands: VoteWithMe

    Putting the Power of Campaign Targeting in Your Hands: VoteWithMe

    A few weeks ago, I was canvassing in New Hampshire to knock on the doors of strangers and ask them to make a plan to vote. See – I’m a data scientist, and I don’t know what you know about data...

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  • In first debate, Clinton – ‘Professional’, Trump – ‘Bully’

    In first debate, Clinton – ‘Professional’, Trump – ‘Bully’

    Last Monday night, more Americans than ever before tuned in to watch the first presidential debate, and we at Civis did too. And while we were as interested in the back-and-forth between Clinton...

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  • It was #AlwaysTrump

    It was #AlwaysTrump

    Tuesday night all but officially certified Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president. While Cruz and Kasich’s announcements were surprising to many (including us), they confirm what the...

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  • Foreign policy, guns, celebrities, and reality TV: an analysis of Republican Twitter follower interests

    Foreign policy, guns, celebrities, and reality TV: an analysis of Republican Twitter follower interests

    This post was co-authored with Keith Ingersoll and Jesse Stinebring, along with support from Macromeasures. We’re always curious about how new platforms change people’s political expression, and,...

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  • Viewing the US Presidential Primary Through the Lens of Twitter

    Viewing the US Presidential Primary Through the Lens of Twitter

    Some of our work on social media analytics was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, and it gives us a great opportunity to talk about some of the methods we use for making sense of...

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  • Every State Of The Union Address Since George Washington, Visualized

    Every State Of The Union Address Since George Washington, Visualized

    “Data analysis company Civis Analytics looked at every State of the Union address starting in 1790 to create visualizations that show what the key eras of political rhetoric are in U.S. history,...

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  • Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican primary so far, in one map

    Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican primary so far, in one map

    “In a little more than a month, Republicans will finally begin voting in the primary over whom their nominee for president will be. But the race has been underway for months, and a lot has...

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  • Donald Trump’s Strongest Supporters: A Certain Kind of Democrat

    Donald Trump’s Strongest Supporters: A Certain Kind of Democrat

    “The Civis estimates are based on interviews with more than 11,000 Republican-leaning respondents since August. The large sample, combined with statistical modeling techniques, presents the most...

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  • The Republican Primary So Far, in One GIF

    The Republican Primary So Far, in One GIF

    Today, the New York Times featured some of our polling data and proprietary algorithm results and their implications for the Republican primary race ““ a mostly under-the-hood look at Donald...

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  • There’s Evidence That Trump’s Polling Support Is Overstated

    There’s Evidence That Trump’s Polling Support Is Overstated

    “Before delving into the results, it’s important to understand why Civis polls are unlike the surveys sponsored by news organizations or universities. Nearly all public polls try to interview...

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  • Why Donald Trump Won’t Fold: Polls and People Speak

    Why Donald Trump Won’t Fold: Polls and People Speak

    “Unlike most public polls, Civis’s relied on a list of registered voters that included their voting histories, allowing it to measure Mr. Trump’s support among those who regularly cast ballots in...

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