With all of the polling that took place during the 2016 Presidential Campaign, there was one organization that told the world what was happening and no one paid any attention.
The USC Dornsife/LA Times Presidential Election “Daybreak” Poll is part of the ongoing Understanding America Study: (UAS) at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Los Angeles Times. Every day, we invite one-seventh of the members of the UAS election panel to answer three predictive questions: What is the percent chance that… (1) you will vote in the presidential election? (2) you will vote for Clinton, Trump, or someone else? and (3) Clinton, Trump or someone else will win? As their answers come in, we update the charts daily (just after midnight) with an average of all of the prior week’s responses. To find out more about what lies behind the vote, each week we also ask respondents one or two extra questions about their preferences and values. The team responsible for the USC Dornsife/LA Times Presidential Election Poll four years ago developed the successful RAND Continuous Presidential Election Poll, which was based on the same methodology.
For the record, more than 60.68 million viewed the ‘2016 Presidential Election Returns’ on television in America Tuesday evening. The average audience for election night coverage in 2012 was 66.8 million when viewing across 13 networks was tallied by Nielsen. In 2008, 71 million people over 14 networks watched Barack Obama become the first African-American man elected president.