(Note: I've converted to a more conservative method of counting Newsweek's results, which is that all toss-up states -- the number of which changes in every installment -- are simply counted as toss-ups and not assigned to one candidate or the other on the basis of poll results, as I was doing. I changed because this seems more in line with Newsweek's intent.)
MEDIAN: Kerry 237 - Bush 291 (remainder: 10) (was: 221-291-26)
MODE: Kerry 243 - Bush 291 (remainder: 4) (was: 254-284)
"Mean" is what is colloquially called "average." All items are added up and divided by the number of items.
"Median" is the center point, the middle value in a list. There are as many values larger than the median as there are values that are smaller.
"Mode" is the number in a list which appears the most times.
RANGE Kerry max: 300 (297) Kerry min: 143 (146)
Bush max: 341 (341) Bush min: 163 (180)
No really significant change from last week. Bush still leads Kerry by a sizable margin according to almost every site (only 4 of 49 sites show Kerry winning and one shows him ahead, while 36 show Bush winning and 8 show him ahead) but more than half of the sites showed Kerry gaining votes and Bush losing them (and only about a third showed the opposite), and Kerry did manage to make some improvement in his position, on the order of about 12 to 27 votes.
Nevertheless, Bush is ahead, now with 277 to 291 electoral votes, a drop of 2 to 14 votes from last week, and Kerry is at 231 to 237, a gain of about 10 to 13 votes. It's difficult to know if this shift is the precursor to larger changes or just an adjustment in a new status quo.
Since I'm spending the bulk of the week in a place with poor Internet access, I really can't update the survey as I usually do in the days after I post it. I'll do what I can on Monday night and Tuesday morning to make sure everything is up to date but any updates after that will have to wait until the next iteration a week from now.
In the first publication of this post I got the numbers backwards for TruthIsAll. I've fixed that now.
From each website I've taken the most comprehensive set of numbers offered, if possible without a "toss-up" category or other caveats, just Kerry versus Bush. Many of them differentiate between "solid" or "strong", "slightly" or "weak", and "leaning" or "barely" states, but I've combined them all together in order to present numbers which are as comparable as possible.
I encourage everyone to use the links and check each site for the specifics of that site's methodology and presentation.
My convention is that Kerry is listed first and Bush second, bold type indicates a winning candidate (i.e. 270 electoral votes or more), and italics or underlining indicates a leading candidate.
Sites which haven't updated in a while will be temporarily removed from the list until they're freshened. Right now, until around the end of September, I'll keep a "stagnant" site in the survey for about 3 weeks. For the first half of October that will tighten up to 2 weeks. From the middle of October until the election, it'll be a week at most.
One-time Electoral College analysis articles from the news media (as opposed to ongoing features) will be included, but only for a single interation of the survey, unless they are replaced by a new article.
As always, if anyone has links for any other sites that regularly track Electoral College status, please feel free to send them my way and I'll be glad to add them to the list. I'm also more than happy to hear from the proprietors of any of the sites surveyed here, should they have any complaints, comments, or suggestions for improvements.
The following sites have been removed for the reasons indicated:
Human Events (9/17): Kerry 211 - Bush 327 (one-time news report)
The following sites were removed in previous weeks for the reasons listed:
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
by Joel Pelletier
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
Be sure to visit them all!!
Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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