Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Starbucks to Walmart Ratio

I'm not really blogging at the moment as you can tell. I'm in the throws of finishing off a book but I can't resist this one: the Starbucks to Walmart ratio as an electoral predictor. This was devised (I think) by the very clever Nate Silver and the guys at fivethirtyeight.com.

Take Louisiana which has one Starbucks for every two Walmarts: dead cert McCain. Now take Oregon which has EIGHT Starbucks for every Walmart: Obama's. Florida has a ratio of 2.09: too close to call. Just look at the 'Road to 270' articles on each state to see all the stats.

It's the only stat you'll need come November 4th!

What would the UK equivalent be? Greggs to Waitrose ratio?

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