I'm G. Elliott Morris, a data journalist for The Economist based in Washington, DC. This is my personal blog. I also write a weekly data-driven email about politics, which you can sign up for here.
New post Mar. 22, 2019 » R for Political Data Science Week 12: Do Voters Still Care About The Economy?

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In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election in 2016, there was ample inquiry into whether Americans facing more financial pressure — those that were “economically anxious” — were more likely to switch from voting for Obama in 2012 to the unexpected Republican nominee in 2016.


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Hi, I’m Elliott.


I write data-driven articles for The Economist. I specialize in political science, elections, and predictive analytics. Read on for my published writing and personal blog posts on politics and elections, data and statistics, R programming, etc. Want more? Subscribe to my weekly email on data in politics and find me on Twitter. Feel free to get in touch via email.

You can find links to my most recently published articles for The Economist in the /writing/ section.

I write many /blog/ posts about the techniques of data science that I use to analyze politics and other subjects. I also blog about my thoughts on politics, elections, and other subjects.

The /projects/ page details projects in forecasting and programming, among other categories. Dominant are my resources for doing data science with the R statistical programming language. That includes an online course with DataCamp for structured learning as well as a R package that provides useful functions for analyzing polls, downloading political data, and more called politicaldata. It complements my weekly posts on the subject.

I also do a small amount of academic political science research (most of which is continued from my undergraduate education), for which you can find links scattered about the research page. I’ve given a few talks about using data in political analysis (e.g. election forecasting, polling data) and would be happy to chat about visiting your class/workroom — just send me an email.

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