Google as seer?

As the presidential candidates battle it out these last weeks before the election, the media is filled with predictions. In a recent New York Times piece, economics doctoral candidate Seth Stephens-Davidowitz discusses his unique use of aggregated anonymous Google data to make predictions about who will win the election. At the heart of his research is the idea that people are more honest in their Google searches than in their conversations with pollsters. That honesty, coupled with demographic on-the-ground statistics, he argues, may provide a glimpse into what the future holds for the executive office.

And for the latest in traditional election polling, consider these online sources.

ABC News Polling Unit

http://www.gallup.com/

http://www.people-press.org/

http://www.angus-reid.com/issue/2012-u-s-election/

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