What if the way that the American people voted for president was drastically updated?
FiveThirtyEight created an interactive map in which the method of going to a polling place to punch a card with one’s vote was replaced with the cultural phenomenon activity of liking a presidential nominee on Facebook, and calculated that if this was new method of picking a candidate, the two frontrunners for president would be clear: Bernie Sanders would lead the Democratic side, and he’d be up against Ben Carson on the Republican side.
Unlike how it’s currently looking in the polls, Bernie wouldn’t be toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton, he would win in a landslide 3-1 margin, and while Donald Trump has more likes than Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio combined, Carson smokes them all as the most liked candidate overall, with 26% of the national likes.
While this may sounds like a ridiculous way to predict who will win the nomination, especially for that fact that many people who can like things on Facebook are not of legal voting age, this information is quite interesting to see. Can Facebook actually predict who will become the 45th president of the United States? Only time will tell.