About this Site
Welcome to Electoral Vote Predictor, which tracks political polls for U.S. federal elections. The site was immensely popular in 2004, ranking in the top 1000 Websites in the world and the top 10 blogs in the world, with about 700,000 visitors a day. In some surveys, it was the most popular election site in the country. In 2006, it tracked the Senate and House elections. Now it is back tracking the presidential, Senate, and House elections for 2008.
Unlike other sites, which track generic national polls, this site tracks the state-by-state polls. After all, the presidency is decided by 51 separate state elections, the Senate by 35 separate elections (in 2008) and the House by 435 separate elections. As new state polls are released, the maps, spreadsheets, tables, graphs, etc. will be updated. In the maps, the states with white centers are essentially tossups and are subject to rapid fluctuations.
The main page contains a map showing the state of the polls for the presidency. Putting the mouse on a state pops up information about the polls there. Clicking on a state goes to a graph of the polls.
To the right of the map are several links, as follows:
Polling methodology and using polls is not as simple as you might think. The Polling methodology file explains polling and the methodology used here in detail. The site is updated once a day, generally by 7 a.m. Eastern Time. For this reason, polls released during the course of a day will not show up until the next morning. This is the same news cycle as a morning newspaper.
Before sending e-mail, PLEASE, PLEASE read the FAQ first. Your question may be answered there. Please DO NOT send e-mail announcing a new poll until you have checked the site the next morning. Getting 1000 e-mails about a poll I already know about is not so much fun.
I am a libertarian and lean towards the Democrats, but I have a lot of respect for traditional conservative Republicans like Sen. Barry Goldwater, who believed that what consenting adults do in private is none of the government's business. Like Goldwater and also Bill Clinton, I believe in balancing the federal budget. I also have a lot of respect for Sen. John McCain, who refused an offer to be released from prison in North Vietnam unless all the Americans captured before him were also released.
Despite my political preference, I have bent over backwards to be scrupulously honest about all the numbers, and have carefully designed the main page to be strictly nonpartisan. Only the political humor page is somewhat partisan. If you want an election site that has a pro-Republican bias from beginning to end, including all over the main page, try www.electionprojection.com.
If you are using the Firefox browser, a plugin is available that displays the current electoral college score in the status bar at the bottom of the page. To get it, visit www.electoral-vote.com/evp2009/Infofirstname.lastname@example.org and click "Install now" then restart Firefox. If you are not using Firefox, it is a free browser with many handy features available at www.mozilla.com.
Menu of Icons below the Map
The primary host for this site is at HostRocket.com. They have fast servers, redundant fiber-optic connections to the Internet, and a knowledgeable technical staff. I recommend them highly, especially for business applications where reliability and customer service are important.
The nice colored maps with the pop-up boxes are produced completely automatically from each new day's spreadsheet by code written by Eric Paulson of Viking Web Development. The code uses a library written by Walter Zorn.
Thanks to Herb Weisberg of Correlation Research for statistical consulting.
Colleen Shannon of Nominum provides the daily animated map and also for doing data collection. Thanks.
Lucia Lodolina, Tiffany Fackler-Watson, and Breandan Knowlton have done a great job of collecting the data. Thank you very much.
I would also like to thank 'Grumpy' for producing the software that makes much of the statistical information.
John Sinteur has provided technical assistance in many ways as well as writing an always-amusing blog The Daily Irrelevant.
Brad Barrett has helped me get his web analysis program webalizer running.
I would like to thank Calin Plesa for designing the favicon.ico icon.
The base cartogram was made by Justin Boyan
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