Right Here, Right Now: How Social Media is Great at Forecasting Polls

Right Here, Right Now: How Social Media is Great at Forecasting Polls

Introduction

Back in June, Ontario held an election for its provincial government and by extension its premier (equivalent to a state governor). There were strong candidates from the three main parties: Kathleen Wynne, the Liberal incumbent; Tim Hudak, representing the Progressive Conservatives; and Andrea Horwath of the New Democatic Party (NDP). Election day was June 12 and the results were 38.7% for the Liberals, 31.2% for the Conservatives, and 23.7% for the NDP.
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