Either you think he is a genius or naïve, hopelessly addicted to polling top lines or a gifted statistician able to sift through noise and get to the heart of the data – whichever camp you fall into, it is undeniable that New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blogger, Nate Silver, has become a subplot in the 2012 presidential election. Without a doubt, Silver’s blog is a must read – evidently, more so than the Times’ informative and detailed reporting. On Monday, Silver’s posts accounted for one fifth of all of the New York Times’ web traffic.
While the Times does not release traffic figures, a spokesperson told The New Republic on Tuesday that Silver’s polling analysis section in the Times’ Caucus section accounted for 20 percent of the Gray Lady’s web traffic on Monday.
The Times does not release traffic figures, but a spokesperson said yesterday that Silver’s blog provided a significant—and significantly growing, over the past year—percentage of Times pageviews. This fall, visits to the Times’ political coverage (including FiveThirtyEight) have increased, both absolutely and as a percentage of site visits. But FiveThirtyEight’s growth is staggering: where earlier this year, somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of politics visits included a stop at FiveThirtyEight, last week that figure was 71 percent.
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