When Barack Obama got elected President, we knew voters couldn't be voting on entirely on logic. Among the more odd things that affect the vote, researchers have discovered incumbent politicians do better when local major college teams win in the two weeks before the election. The difference is a surprising 1.05 to 1.47 percentage points.
The success of major college teams in the two weeks before an election can have a measurable impact on how well incumbent politicians do at the polls, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Events that government had nothing to do with, but that affect voters' sense of well-being, can affect the decisions that they make on election day," the researchers said.