Rank Them All


Note from April 8, 2015. I spent several days with SurveyMonkey before discovering and falling in awe wwih SurveyGizmo. Unfortunately, Gizmo doesn’t have Monekey’s very nice question element styling feature, which I was using to put candidate pictures in the sortable list object. But so many other features are so good, the scales tip heavily. I’ll keep the Monkey poll as is, and see what happens when my month of subscription expires. Only five votes came in for this one. I was building a more ambitious survey with Monkey, but abandoend it once I saw the alternative. Some key pieces from it were used to build my first Gizmo survey, Department of Oops.

“Ask not which one to vote for, but how to rank them all.”

Move your favorites to the top, and the ones you most oppose to the bottom.

This is the long list of candidates who have made credible moves to seek the Democratic or Republican Party nomination for President. It also includes several who wouldn’t merit inclusion on a strictly pared list due to lack of serious logistical efforts or plain statement of intent. Elizabeth Warren has consistently said she is not running, but is here because of the active movement to draft her.

This poll uses the Survey Monkey service. It is excellent in many ways, but has some shortcomings. Most notable is that it forces every candidate to be ranked. That inability to leave candidates off is not a showstopper. The best way to use this is to put your favorites at the very top, and the ones you oppose the most at the very bottom. Leave those you’re most unsure of somewhere in the middle. Keep in mind that the results will be tabulated using algorithms by which voting down a candidate you strongly oppose is as important as voting up your true preferences and the others you would accept.

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