Study: If it had been windier on Election Day, Clinton might have won

Study: If it had been windier on Election Day, Clinton might have won

[Ed. – Hard to imagine it could been much windier with Clinton in the election.]

If it had been windier on November 8, then the election results might have looked very different, says research from Columbia Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School. A research paper titled Weather Affects Voting Decisions finds that the weather on Election Day affects voters’ decisions. Specifically, when wind speed increases, voters seek safety, risk aversion, and the status quo – what psychologists call a “prevention-focus.” In contrast, low winds shift voters toward greater change and the willingness to take a risk.

“While many studies have looked at the impact that rain has on election results, none have looked at the impact that wind can have,” says Jon Jachimowicz, a PhD candidate at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study. “Voters are influenced by not only the particular stances of political parties, candidates, or campaigns, but also by the environment on the day they make decisions.”

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