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The triumph of polling in France’s first-round election

yesterdayNews : Daily Chart

BACKERS of Marine Le Pen were shy, supporters of Emmanuel Macron voters were soft, and timid pollsters were herding. And who trusts polls anymore anyway, following the surprise victories for Brexit and Donald Trump?

The triumph of polling in France’s first-round election

yesterdayNews : Daily Chart

BACKERS of Marine Le Pen were shy, supporters for Emmanuel Macron voters were soft, and timid pollsters were herding. And who trusts polls anymore anyway, following the surprise victories of Brexit and Donald Trump?

What are Marine Le Pen’s odds of victory?

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

”EURASIA GROUP and The Economist are frequently sympatico,” says Ian Bremmer, “but not on the French elections.” Mr Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group, a risk consultancy. He recently took us to task on Twitter regarding our statistical forecast for France’s upcoming election.

China launches a pork-price index to smooth the “pig cycle”

3 days agoNews : Daily Chart

PIG is big in China. As the country’s economy has grown, so too has its consumption of pork. The average Chinese person today pigs out on 40kg (88lbs) of pork a year, up from 12kg in 1980. Although China constitutes just one-fifth of the world’s population, it consumes 50% of the pork.

Competitiveness at school may not yield the best exam results

4 days agoNews : Daily Chart

EVERY three years the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, tests hundreds of thousands of high-school pupils across the world on maths, reading and science.

Are French pollsters cheating? The jury is still out

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

THE first rule of polling analysis is to take outlier results with a liberal helping of salt.

The case for Donald Trump’s first move to restrict legal immigration

6 days agoNews : Daily Chart

ON APRIL 18th Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will tighten the screws on legal immigration. During his presidential campaign, he vowed to end the H-1B visa programme, which grants 85,000 skilled foreigners a year the right to live and work in the United States, and opens up a path to citizenship.

Margarine sales: investors can’t believe they’re not better

last weekNews : Daily Chart

THE debate over fats is larded with controversy. For years doctors argued that they should be expunged from diets entirely. Saturated fats, they reckoned, were especially harmful. As a result, consumers increasingly turned to margarine and demand for butter melted away. The vegetable-based spread remained dominant for decades.

Freedom of worship is on the decline in many countries

last weekNews : Daily Chart

NEARLY 2,000 years ago today, according to the Bible, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified for “subverting” the people of Judea. Even after two millennia, humanity has still not managed to eliminate religious persecution. In fact, one index published on April 11th suggests that freedom of worship is actually declining.

Gunshot accidents in America are on the decline

last weekNews : Daily Chart

WHEN gunshots make the headlines, it is never a joking matter. But when an employee of the National Rifle Association (NRA) shot and wounded himself during a firearms training session on April 8th, few could resist pointing out the irony.

The number of executions worldwide fell in 2016

last weekNews : Daily Chart

TRACKING the use of the death penalty is not easy. In some countries, information about its use is a state secret. Elsewhere, as in Iran, the government’s official figures are considerably lower than those reported by the media.

Bumping passengers is a fact of life in commercial air travel

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

GETTING “bumped” from a flight took on a whole new meaning on April 9th, when United Airlines summoned aviation-security officers to drag a passenger off a plane kicking and screaming—literally.

The centre can indeed hold in France’s presidential election

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

THE French presidential campaign is in full swing, with the first round scheduled for April 23rd and a likely run-off between the top two finishers on May 7th. The election has received an unusual amount of international attention because Marine Le Pen, the National Front candidate, has consistently led the polls.

How we modelled the French presidential vote

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

FRANCE will hold the first round of its presidential election on April 23rd, with the top two finishers advancing to a run-off on May 7th assuming that no candidate captures an outright majority. On every day until the campaign concludes, we will publish an updated analysis of each candidate’s probability of victory.

A global decline in smoking masks regional variations between the sexes

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

THE scientific evidence that smoking kills was first made public in the 1960s. Yet people continue to light up—even if fewer do so than before.

Japan’s cherry blossoms are emerging increasingly early

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

HANAMI, the Japanese custom of contemplating the impermanence of life by gazing at the fleeting beauty of blossoming flowers, goes back a long way. “The Tale of Genji”, a tenth-century masterpiece that is perhaps the world’s first novel, devotes a chapter to the cherry-blossom festival staged in the emperor’s great hall.

The EU27 and the Brexit negotiations

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

MOST EU member states believe that Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc must be costly, and that any future trade arrangement must offer the departing country worse terms than full membership did.

Ride-hailing apps may help to curb drunk driving

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

GUN violence gets most of the attention, but shootings are not the most common non-natural cause of death in the United States. Cars are. Around 40,000 people a year die on American roads, more than all fatalities caused by firearms (of which two-thirds are suicides, not homicides).

Fact, fake or fool: A fiendish news quiz

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

SEPARATING fact from fiction used to be a relatively straightforward task. Then came “fake news”. In recent years the advent of social media has made it far easier to spread lies about current events online, benefiting both shadowy political actors advancing agendas and unscrupulous entrepreneurs hoping to reap advertising revenues.

The world’s most dangerous cities

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

COCAINE is grown primarily in South America, and trafficked to the world’s biggest market, the United States, via Central America and the Caribbean. The land routes originate mainly in Colombia, and pass through the small nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala before traversing Mexico.

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