[ExI] I Miss The King of Extropia

rex rex at nosyntax.net
Mon Jul 18 11:07:50 UTC 2016

spike <spike66 at att.net> [2016-07-17 16:30]:
> >... On Behalf Of rex
> Subject: Re: [ExI] I Miss The King of Extropia
> spike <spike66 at att.net> [2016-07-17 10:20]:
> > 
> >>...    That argument only applies to about six states.  If we want to go with the
> >    pragmatic argument, one can check the opinion polls in one’s state the
> >    week before the election, then if it isn’t within the margin of error, the
> >    outcome is certain and one gets to vote however they want without fear of
> >    contributing to the winner’s margin.
> >...MoE is merely an arbitrary number, typically 0.95. All it means is that the outcome is expected to be within that confidence internal (95% or whatever) 95% of the time. This also means that it's expected to be outside the MoE 5% of the time. It does NOT mean the outcome is certain. -rex
> --
> Hi Rex, ok sure.  Everyone is free to decide what is the appropriate margin and for which candidate.  The new question becomes: what is the requisite pre-election poll margin before one feels free to vote for the candidate he or she thinks is the best one?

How many elections have been decided by a single vote?

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