So here we are. Looks like someone broke the swingometer. The polls didn’t predict it. Even Nate Silver (statistician extraordinaire who correctly predicted the result in every US state at the last election) didn’t predict it. His conclusion? Unlike in the US, it’s really, really hard to predict the way someone will vote based on their demographic data.
What next for political proxies? Heck, in this situation your favourite Time Team character might as well do. Jokes aside, there’s actually an app for that. It’s called YouGov profiler. So we plugged in some stuff about our varying interests in archaeology to create a brand new archaeology-based psephological indicator. Here’s what it spat out based on some key archaeological preferences… Just how accurate is it? We’ll leave that to you to decide.
If you just plain old like archaeology…
You lean slightly to the right, but that’s mainly because you’re trying to accidentally overhear what your neighbour is saying. Oh, and according to YouGov profiler, you’re also a cantankerous daydreamer who prefers cats to dogs and regularly shops at the Co-Op.
If you like Time Team
If you like Tony Robinson
If you prefer Phil Harding
Woah there Philifandom! You may be slighter redder than #TeamTony, but you’re also a grouchy, depressed introvert whose favourite food is boiled mutton with caper sauce and has probably watched Bullitt at least 6 times (you, that is, not the boiled mutton).
If you have a side interest in anthropology
What can we say? The archaeologometer tells us you’re proper into lentil casseroles (while we’re at it, here’s a recipe) and are an ethical, but neurotic procrastinator. You probably follow @CarolineLucas and get most of your news from Upworthy.
If you prefer the Classics
If you bring a cheese and onion sandwich to site…
You’re compassionate, affable and you like animal charities. Cute.
But if you’re one of those who packs a toffee apple in your lunchbox…
You’re a selfish worrier who thinks the world is controlled by a secretive elite.
So there. Your interest in archaeology basically says bugger all about your politics, which in our opinion probably makes it as good a proxy as any.
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