Fact check time! I haven’t blogged here in ages, but the weird memes and false “facts” just keep coming.

Here’s a meme I’ve seen several times recently, and it jumped out to me immediately.

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First, has it been deleted three times? I have no way of fact-checking if it was “deleted”, but I know what appears to be the original post was flagged as “false news” on Facebook, which I’m thankful is something that happens now, though not often enough.

Second, does it even make sense, mathematically? Uh, no, not really. Here’s a fact check article on this from PolitiFact.

Third, this meme actually seems to show the problem with the Electoral College–by showing out little the vote of an individual in a more populous state compares to the vote of an individual in a more sparse, rural state. Why should my vote mean so little for president just because I live in New York instead of North Dakota? It doesn’t make much sense to me as a New ¬†Yorker. I’m no political expert, and I know there are arguments to be made for the Electoral College, but this meme doesn’t seem an effective (or accurate) one.

Fake (or just very poorly done) political polls tend to be more of an issue during election time, but they are a problem all the time. Politicians even quote them to support whatever policies they are pushing, but just because a politician mentions a poll doesn’t make it a legitimate poll (and politicians really should be more careful since they generally have a staff that can help them ferret out if a poll is any good–at least if they are above the local level).

Here’s a helpful article from poll experts FiveThirtyEight.com about How to Avoid Falling for a Fake Poll.

I also highly recommend their politics podcast, linked here.