Optimism, Confidence and Online 'Votes'

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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1. At the Monkey Cage, R. Michael Alvarez, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Thad E. Hall on how to build confidence in elections.

2. Dan Drezner on Donald Trump and trade policy.

3. At the Upshot, Toni Monkovic quizzes election-law expert Rick Hasen on legal issues in individual voting.

4. I like this optimistic view of 2016 from my Bloomberg View colleague Tyler Cowen. He may well be correct, and if pressed to bet, I’d agree with him. On the other hand: doesn’t really take much to imagine a 1913 version of that column.

5. And Ariel Edwards-Levy at the Huffington Post tries to clear up the confusion about opt-in website votes for such things as who won debates. No, they’re not polls. Worth mentioning, however: After Trump and some others touted his victories in their online votes as if they were polls, it didn’t seem to have any affect at all on public opinion as measured by actual polling, which showed that most people thought Hillary Clinton won.

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