By Nik Nanos
Democracy is becoming a toxic environment, rife with trolls, bots, fake news and computational propaganda. Why, and what can be done? In this highly-informative, engaging and readable book, Canada’s leading pollster and data expert Nik Nanos gives an insider’s look into the surprise outcomes that favoured Trump, Trudeau, and Macron along with the Brexit and UK election votes. Nanos asserts that this is more the tyranny of small numbers fueled by economic anxiety than a massive populist wave. We are in a new era, where the margins wield the power for change and no outcome can be certain. Welcome to the age of voter rage.
Nik Nanos is a Canadian pollster, data scientist and business strategist who is one of the top 100 most influential people in government and politics in Canada in 2017 according to The Hill Times. He is the Founding Chairman of Nanos Research and has among the most distinguished records for reliability in research in the polling industry. He is the pollster of record for the Globe and Mail and CTV News, and also designed and oversees the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index. Nik is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, a research associate professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo and the Vice Chair of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
In explaining complex political trends, Nanos does what he does best: he goes back to the numbers. A must-read for those who want to better understand not just the political earthquakes that have shaken the West in recent years, but how technology is challenging our ability to know what is truly on the mind of our fellow citizens. Nanos’ wake-up call is one we should all hear. - Graham Fox, CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy
This is an important book for volatile times. Nik Nanos has demonstrated why, more than ever, we need to understand how public opinion is driving the tumultuous change we’re seeing in some of the world’s most enduring democracies. - Susan Delacourt, Journalist and Author of Shopping for Votes
This comparative study shows how and why political upheavals have become a characteristic in a variety of liberal democracies. Nanos does an admirable job of excavating the sources of voter outrage and identifying common themes across disparate contexts. - Prof. Munroe Eagles Suny Buffalo
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