The 2020 election polls were less accurate than those in 2016, our ranking finds.

So how did pollsters do in 2020?

After 2016, pollsters worked to fix problems

After the 2016 election, we worked with political scientist Aaron Weinschenk to release analyses, revealing 2016’s final, national pre-election polls were actually more accurate than they had been in 2012. They pretty closely forecast the popular vote, even if Donald Trump snagged victory in the electoral college. We found a slight pro-Democratic bias that was mostly not statistically significant.

That suggests that, overall, the 2016 national pre-election polls were generally accurate and unbiased. That year’s state-level polls similarly underestimated Republican support, but here too these biases were generally statistically insignificant. The larger problem — at least for those who wanted to know the outcome in advance — was too few quality statewide polls in key battleground states, compared with previous years.

Nevertheless, the discrepancy between poll projections and the eventual outcome pushed many pollsters to reconsider

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Israel and the U.S. among the best places to be a woman entrepreneur as Covid shakes up ranking

Israel has charged past the United States and Switzerland to rank as the world’s best place to be a woman entrepreneur, according to a new report released Monday.

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The Middle Eastern nation jumped up three places this year to steal the title from New Zealand after Covid-19 caused a shakeup in the annual Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE).


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The four frontrunners were joined in the top 10 for the first time by Poland, Sweden and Spain, which rose rapidly this year to form a geographically varied leading list. The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia rounded out the top 10 as high-income economies fared better for female founders under the pandemic.

Now in its fourth year, MIWE examines the working environments of 58 economies — representing almost 80% of the world’s female labor force — to measure their success in fostering

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Musk guns for Gates’ No. 2 wealth ranking with Tesla on a tear

Elon Musk is just a Tesla stock rally away from unseating fellow mega-billionaire — and occasional verbal sparring partner — Bill Gates as the second-richest person on the planet.

As of Thursday, Musk’s net worth was $123 billion, $5 billion shy of Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.

Bloomberg News reported that Musk’s net worth soared $10.2 billion on Wednesday after Tesla shares climbed 10% on the strength of an overweight rating by Morgan Stanley. Analyst Adam Jonas predicted in a note that the company was on the brink of transitioning from being mainly a car-retailing business to one with multiple revenue streams from products like software and services.

It was the second day of banner gains for Musk. His fortune rose $7.6 billion on Tuesday after the electric-car maker was named for inclusion in the S&P 500 Index. Tesla’s meteoric rise

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Texas cities score top two spots in annual ranking of strongest hubs for tech jobs

Dallas leapfrogged six tech-centric American cities to rank second in CompTIA’s annual Tech Town Index of the strongest job centers in the U.S. for technology jobs in 2020.

The Austin-Round Rock metro area held on to its first-place ranking in the CompTIA index, but Dallas-Fort Worth made the biggest jump of any city, rising from seventh last year to second this year, according to the nonprofit global technology industry association.

North Texas boasted nearly 180,000 information technology jobs in the last year with a median salary of $94,044, and job growth in the sector is expected to surge a “whopping” 11% in the next five years, according to CompTIA.

Dallas’ tech growth has been focused on web, mobile application and software development.

“The conventional technology enterprises have set the tone for the Dallas tech scene while emerging technology companies are taking it to the next level,” CompTIA notes in the

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Regeneron Once Again Earns #1 Ranking in Science Magazine’s Top Biopharma Companies to Work For

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Regeneron has been consistently ranked #1 or 2 Top Employer for past 10 years

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced that the company was once again ranked as the top company to work for by Science magazine in its annual Top Employers Survey of the global biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Regeneron has placed either first or second for the past ten years, making it the most highly ranked company of the decade. This year, Regeneron placed first based on more than 7,650 responses from people across the industry and stood out with particularly high marks on measures of innovation, being socially responsible and loyal employees.

“We are honored that out of a universe of hundreds of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, Regeneron has been ranked #1 by Science for seven of the last 10 years,” said Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., President and

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UW jumps to No. 8 in global ranking of best universities; computer science among top subjects

The University of Washington has moved up two spots to No. 8 in the latest ranking of Best Global Universities from U.S. News & World Report, beating out such prestigious institutions as Princeton, Yale and Johns Hopkins.

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The UW held onto its No. 2 ranking among U.S. public institutions and also landed in the top 10 in several subject areas that were ranked, including computer science.


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“We are proud to be consistently recognized for the excellence and impact of our scholarship across so many subjects,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement. “It’s especially gratifying to see the work of outstanding programs like infectious diseases and immunology listed among the very best in the world at a time when we need discovery and innovation in these areas more than ever.”

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

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