The presidential horse race in animation

Every day I check the Gallup site to see what it is tracking. I’ve watched the approval rates of President Obama and the Republican candidates ebb and flow day-to-day. I look at them but don’t pay much attention to them. My interest is what’s happening that make people respond one way or the other. I’ve always thought iy unfortunate that the media  focuses on the horse race rather than issues.

Finally, Slate has captured the daily polling just right: as a horse race. Reminds me of being at the State Fair and playing that arcade game in which you shoot water at a target to advance your horse. Check it out for a little midweek fun.

(Hat tip to Jason Husser of Vanderbilt University, soon to be assistant director of polling here.)

— John Robinson

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