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psephology

the statistical and sociological study of elections

psephology

the study and analysis of voting and VOTING BEHAVIOUR (see ELECTORAL SOCIOLOGY). The term is derived from the Greek practice of voting by writing names on fragments of pottery or stones (Greek psephos, pebble). It is mainly in use in POLITICAL SCIENCE.
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If psephologists are to be believed, then the Congress Party, which has been in power for the last ten years, is expected to face a tough fight from the National People's Party (NPP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
This morning, the parties, pundits, pollsters and psephologists will start picking over the Ayr voting figures in detail.
Political parties have occupied the research agenda of psephologists at least as early as Wallas' adage at the beginning of this century.
The panel of twenty psephologists appointed by Reuters predicted an average Labour majority of 92.
As in France now, the pollsters, the psephologists, the pundits, the political writers, the politicians and their friends would all know the results of the latest private polls; the only ones who would be in the dark are those for whose benefit elections are supposed to exist, the voters.
Although at times fascinating for psephologists, the focus on survey data, the lack of historical depth, and the neglect of important sources make Towards Consensus?
Nor did regional organizers show much awareness of the nuanced tactics which were prescribed by the ANC's psephologists.
Moreover, the war had considerable domestic benefits, ensuring a decisive Conservative victory in the 1983 general election: "the so-called `Falklands factor' beloved of political commentators and psephologists was real enough.
Psephologists and commentators will spend the next few days talking about technicalities and tactics: How did the Scottish Nationalist Party lose what to whom?
Both broadcasters are promising expert reaction, interviews with all the major political players, state-of-the-art graphics, and analysis from the country's leading psephologists (Google it, I had to).
I agree with the Lancaster binman who once declared to me that 'you can have a surfeit of psephologists.
So the psephologists and exit polls were not so certain of an Obama second term victory in 2012.