About this newsletter 🗞
Hi, I’m G. Elliott Morris, currently a data-driven journalist at The Economist who focuses on polls, American politics, and democracy. Here is my first book, on how polls work and why we need them to improve self-government. You can expect a lot of content along these lines
A short history of my blogging: When I was still in college in 2015, I started a website where I applied techniques of “data science” and “predictive analytics” to election results and polling data. I called it The Crosstab. It was a good home for all my writing and forecasting, but it was amateurish, too narrow in scope, and I’ve outgrown the name. I also tended to neglect the site since getting my staff job at The Economist, where I get paid to do most of the things I used to do on my own.
But now I really miss blogging. It’s freeing to be able to write about whatever you want, no matter the newsiness or structure of your thoughts, and especially to reflect on things that simply feel interesting to me that I think my audience would like too. So I started this newsletter. My goal is to write each post in a way that puts it somewhere between wonky shop-talk and a publishable article. It’s a place for me to work with the garage door open; so that Internet neighbours can look in at my work as they walk by.
So I have restarted my blog here on Substack, primarily because email is a more personal way to engage with strangers. Sign-ups will get blog posts in your inbox, where you also receive messages from your friends and family. And I also get to hear back from readers after I send out posts. The comments section is regularly home to fun, insightful discussion. In a world where our blogish thoughts are otherwise tweeted and facebooked, where they are truncated, fleeting, and at risk of being taken out of context, newsletters feel like a good step back towards a time when everyone had their own little personal corner of the Internet.
Here’s what you get: I send out one email on public opinion polling, electoral politics, and whatever I’m working on every weekend. There is a variety of content — sometimes I post book reviews, or short posts on the news, or long-form article on bigger subjects. I also post abstracts from longer projects from time to time. Each weekly newsletter also updates you on what I’ve been reading and working on over the last week. Here’s one example of what you can expect, from my newsletter sent the day before the 2018 midterm elections. Other examples are found back at the newsletter homepage.
I also offer extra content for paying subscribers for $5 a month. In exchange, you’ll get access to 1-2 extra premium posts each week, including discussion threads on Saturday where we all log on and talk about polling, democracy and political psychology together. If you like the sound of that but aren’t sure about paying, or are a student, email me and we’ll work out a deal. If it sounds good, click the button below:
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