This is a compilation of useful links and resources for understanding data, politics, R programming, and writing about data that I constantly share as answers to inquiries. It’s easier for me to put them on one page to share with everyone!
The list here is constantly being refined and expanded upon. Check back regularly.
Political Data / Election Statistics
- Margin of error
- Because pollsters don’t ask everyone in the country how they feel about a candidate or issue, there’s a chance that the sample they ask are not the same as the population of all voters
- The margin of error represents the chance that the sample does not represent the population, and is calculated based on the number of people that were polled
- In modern surveys, the margin of error can be higher than the sample size alone indicates due to weighting the sample to be more representative of target demographics
- Learn more: 5 key things to know about the margin of error in election polls, When You Hear the Margin of Error Is Plus or Minus 3 Percent, Think 7 Instead