Sunday, September 14, 2008
The results of our first poll are in and the consensus is clear: CNN needs to augment election coverage by going to better spatial resolution. We asked in our poll if readers believed that CNN needed to use zip codes instead of just counties to report election results. Now, granted, our readers are a bit more conscious of spatial details but in a nearby blog post you will find out why. It's not so much that we like the added spatial detail so much as we get a better understanding of the demographic composition of the electorate. Counties can only allow the viewer to drill down so much an probably for CNN's John King, who controls the large flat panel display on which his maps are reproduced, that may be all the general, mostly geographically illiterate electorate, can tolerate.