Pollsters failed dismally to predict the strength of support for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in this week's national election -- just as happened in 1992 when John Major scored an unexpectedly decisive victory. Here's Reuters' take on why the polling industry got it so wrong, 23 years ago.
from American Insights:
If the Supreme Court rules against gay marriage at this point, it could potentially invalidate thousands of same sex-unions across 37 states. Such a decision would also show just how far behind the rest of the country the court is on the issue.
The rapid erosion of Brazil's job market is taking most economists by surprise, an analysis of Reuters Polls data shows, in a worrying sign that already-grim expectations for Latin America's largest economy have not been pessimistic enough.
from The Great Debate:
Agreement is not enough. Performance matters more.
That's why the outlook for Democrats this November looks bleak. More and more Americans now agree with Democrats on the issues. But they are increasingly dismayed by President Barack Obama's inability to get results.
Ask an economist a question about the euro zone, and the answer will as much depend on the location of their head office as any analysis of the data.
By George Terhanian
The views expressed are his own.
Nearly every product you interact with — from the car you drive, to the TV and movies you see, to the advertising to which you’re exposed — has benefited from market research, a $32-billion-and-growing global industry. Businesses value such research. They demand it. And why shouldn’t they? Good research is vital to innovation and competitive advantage, bringing to light new needs as well as clues on how to satisfy them. Market research has some downsides too. It can be complicated, slow, and expensive — available only to big spenders with plenty of time on their hands.