The national reputation of the University of California, Berkeley is, shall we say, a bit liberal. And there’s been a lot of talk this election season about the Millennial vote, as though Millenials were a monolithic group sharing a single Bernie-inspired thought, or maybe just an Instagram image that would carry them to the polls, if they bothered to vote at all. Not content to believe rumor, California talked to people around campus about the election, the candidates, and whether or not they’ll vote.
UC Berkeley Votes: On-Campus Interviews about the 2016 Election
Capturing the College Vote: Law Students’ Bill to Register for Classes and Voting
What to do about typically anemic voter turnout among young people? Two UC Berkeley law students are behind a proposal that would automatically register students to vote when they enroll for classes in any public college or university in California. Berkeley Law third-year Cindy Dinh and first-year Paul Monge drafted the bill with its sponsor, […]
Does Your Vote Really Count? Why the Act of Voting is Irrational
If the 2008 presidential election is any guide, the odds your vote will make a difference in the state of California are slim. Very slim. One in a billion, according to a study by Berkeley law and economics professor Aaron Edlin and his colleagues. The researchers based their estimate on multiplying the probability that your […]
Election Polls Are Only 60 Percent Accurate, Which Is 0 Percent Surprising.
For many Americans, Donald Trump’s 2016 victory came as a shock, especially considering how much he’d trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls. Even FiveThirtyEight founder and famed pollster Nate Silver got it wrong. But UC Berkeley business professor Don Moore thinks we should cut Silver some slack.