The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Do election signs work? #nlpoli

Apparently, they do. In four randomised field experiments, researchers at Columbia University found that lawn signs increased vote share by about 1.7%. They published results of their research online on Christmas Day. That isn’t going to win an election single-handedly but it could be the difference in a tight race. The advertising didn’t drive turn-out ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cost per Vote: the Rural/Urban Divide #nlpoli

In looking at by-elections in Newfoundland and Labrador, the second and third phases offer a neat cluster of by-elections in urban (metro St. John’s) and rural (everywhere else) districts. Break those out and you get some information that shows the relative strengths and weaknesses of the parties, depending on where a by-election occurred during the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Campaign Spending and Efficiency #nlpoli

Two of the three political parties in this province are spending more, on average, and getting less, on average in by-elections. That’s one of the things you can see in an assessment of a decades worth of by-elections from 2001 to 2011. Last we, SRBP gave you a teaser of a look at the idea ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cost per vote: by-elections #nlpoli

One measure of campaign efficiency and effectiveness is comparing the amount a campaign spends for the number of votes it receives. It’s called cost-per-vote. Here’s a comparison of the cost per vote for each of the three political parties in a string of by-elections over the past three years.  From left to right, they are: ...