The 2020 election was much closer than polls predicted with many national and state estimates being far off from pollsters predictions. In a tweet this weekend, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver defended his craft, saying there’s “not actually much evidence that polls are becoming less accurate.”
“They had perhaps their best year ever in 2018. 2016 and 2020 polling errors were slightly worse than average but within a fairly normal range,” Silver tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr. took an the opportunity to take a swipe at Silver, accusing him of trying to “salvage” his career, but Silver quickly fired back, reminding him that his father lost the election and that he’ll be the one looking for a new career first.
I'll still have a job on January 21st, though.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 15, 2020
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