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Second Preference Poll

The results are in!

I have tabulated the ballots that you marked in class today. I used the Eric method of vote counting, 1 point for a ballot marked 1, 2 points for a ballot marked 2, etc. A lower total shows more preference than a higher total. The table below lists the parties in increasing order of their totals.

Please check my math. Just to make sure, I am going to re-count the ballots later in the week to make sure these results are correct.

The results are quite different from the first poll. The biggest jump was the People First Party. It went from sixteenth place to first place.

I have re-ordered the left sidebar menu to reflect these results. Note the higher rank of parties whose positions were more developed, that is, whose party webs had sub-pages.

The presentations after Thanksgiving will take place over three class sessions. We will hear from the parties from the top down on this list, starting with the People First Party. I have updated the day-to-day syllabus page so you can learn which day you will be presenting.

 Tier ITier 2Tier 3Tier 4total
People First Party753130
Animal Rights Party744131
Equality Party483133
'Merica and Medicine Party385034
American Soil Party660434
Jade Party644234
The Stoic Independence Party723436
Bald Eagle Alliance641537
The Democratic Republican Party535338
Say Less, Do More527238
Rainbow Party542539
American People Party363439
Don't Bully Party444440
The Community424644
Softly Spoken Party424644
The Underdog Party155546
Blue Party227547
Jen's Party162747
Do the Right Thing Party036752
The Turn Around Party008856

Everyone marked their ballots either with a 1, 2, 3, 4. There were sixteen ballots.  The lowest score possible would be 16, which would occur if everyone marked that party a 1. In theory, five parties could have a score of 16, but that would indicate a degree of agreement that humans are probably not capable of. More practically, the lowest score would be 24, which would occur if a party got eight 1’s and eight 2’s. Thus, a score in the low 30’s shows a remarkable degree of popularity.

The highest possible score would be 64, which would occur if everyone marked that party a 4. Again, in theory, five parties could have a score of 64.

As it turned out, the scores range from 30 to 56.

How can you use this information when developing your party’s web and your presentation after Thanksgiving?

We know from the rise of the People First Party that large change is possible. If it could rise from 16th place to 1st place, almost all of the parties have a chance. I can see how the parties currently at the top might want to play defense, that is, not lose voters. Even they, however, can devise a strategy for improvement.

For example, the People First Party could try to move the five Tier 2 voters. Looking at the two animal-rights parties right behind it, People First could add an animal rights platform position.

The ‘Merica and Medicine Party might want to target the eight Tier 2 voters.

The Stoic Independence Party got as many 1’s as the top two parties, but it got more 4’s. What turned those voters off?

Similarly, The Community and the Softly Spoken Party need to figure out what made six voters put them in Tier 4. Can they modify or explain their most unpopular positions in a way that convince those six voters?

What made the People First Party so popular?

In the first preference poll, the animal rights parties were on top, and they’re still near the top. I speculated that those parties are successful because they are so focused on one narrow topic that is hard to disagree with. Not only that, the voting population is full of Vet Tech majors, so those parties’ popularity is not a surprise.

That’s not true for the People First Party. Its positions on gun control and the minimum wage, for example, are contrary to the positions of several other parties. Its position on ethical profits would totally disrupt how business is conducted. How could such positions be so popular?