Follow these paths of little-t truth:
If you read the newspaper or watch television news, you're regularly inundated with the latest polling data for the Democratic presidential contenders (if you're a real junkie, you can even compare results over time here). And every three months, there's a splash of news coverage regarding the fundraising exploits of the candidates.
But isn't there more than polling data and money to running a successful political campaign? We think so. Voluminous media coverage helps get a name onto people's lips. The underground media known as the "blogosphere" tracks the less formal spread of news and views about a contender from blog to blog, and thereby from heart to heart. Visits to a candidate's web site both indicate and generate interest in that candidate. Links to a candidate's web site indicate enough interest for someone to direct flow right to that candidate's site. Grassroots organizing can spread good feelings about a candidate without the spending of cold hard cash. And bumper stickers that people put on their cars for a candidate not only spread positive word in a very public way but also reflect a great deal of enthusiasm for that candidate, the kind of support that goes beyond checking a box on a survey form.
Here at Irregular Times, we decided to follow and graph these five less-tracked items on one page (this one!), so that you can get a bigger feel for how each of the candidates is doing on different levels.
Unlike the pundits on the tv talk shows, we know when to clam up. We'll leave the analysis, and subsequent pondering, to you. Here's the data; come back every month to see how the candidates' fates have changed.
The above information is aggregated geographically; that is, one can draw conclusions for the whole 50 states, but a glimpse of what's going on in one's neck of the woods isn't possible.
Not possible? Hah! We at Irregular Times... well, we're pretty busy, but we thought it would be fun to find another indicator to see who's zooming and who's zipping across the 50 states. The graphic below shows which candidate is selling the most stickers in almost all of the 50 states. I say almost all, because there are 5 states from which we haven't received any orders for candidates yet. Take a gander a see if you can find any meaningful pattern:
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