Despite the more than $2 billion spent over the past election season, the catchphrase we’ll most likely remember from 2012 (Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” notwithstanding) is “unskewed polls.” As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts — and in 2012 the ordinarily fact-based world of statistical polling became a Choose Your Own Adventure book. The numbers, critics said, were just wrong — they miscounted Democrats, or blacks, or women, or were manipulated to fit the bias of whoever conducted the research. Reality finally reasserted itself on Nov. 6 when Obama won, as pretty much every “skewed” survey indicated he would. But no sooner did this election end then the pundits began talking about 2016. Barring the apocalypse, it looks like we will see some kind of sequel to the skewing and unskewing, leaving all of us screwed.
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