Nate Silver Faces Wrath of Twitter After Election Results Once Again Go Against His Predictions

Americans called for FiveThirtyEight founder and editor-in-chief Nate Silver to retire after President Donald Trump won states that were predicted to instead go to Joe Biden.

Silver was criticized on Twitter after the predictions made for the election fell short. Verified users used their platforms to ask why the editor-in-chief's model and its polls were still taken seriously.

According to Pew Research, while polls can be useful they and can be "accurate in identifying Americans' preferred candidate" they can fail to identify the winner of an election. This can be for a number of reasons such as poll methodology, bias, and more.

Erik Engquist, senior managing editor of The Real Deal, wrote: "How many elections can Nate Silver's model do this before people stop taking it seriously? It gave Biden a 95% chance to win MI, 94% chance to WI, 69% chance to win FL etc."

Creator of Think Privacy, Dan Arel, tweeted: "But for real, how the hell does Nate Silver have a job?"

China Noelle, host of the podcast The Hot Nerd, wrote: ""Polls can't be trusted. There's something wrong with the polling industry." - Van Jones, CNN Elections. Er UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR" According to polls, we all should've fallen asleep knowing who won. Okay, Nate Silver."

Other commentators on the social media platform were less kind...

Others saw the funny side of the Silver's website polls being wrong. Curator of music newsletter, Kofie, said: "I spilled wine on my comforter and it's Nate Silver's fault how did you not predict that you clown."

Ashlee Vance, a writer for Businessweek, said: "How many Poles does it take for Nate Silver to get a forecast right?"

Joel Schectman, an investigative reporter for Reuters, wrote that the editor had some post-election tasks: "Nate Silver: you have a lot of mansplaining to do!"

Culture writer and audio journalist Ahmed Ali Akbar said: "election day is abolished. from here on out, every four years we will commemorate national dunk on nate silver day."

But some Twitter users called it the situation out for other reasons. Alok Patel, a podcast host, wrote: "I WANT to be mad at Nate Silver and frustrated with every poll/media outlet but honestly I'm just bewildered at the bigger picture. Large groups in these "united" states really don't understand one another. You can't quantify that."

Another podcaster Jason McIntyre, said: "Nate Silver spent all year analyzing congressional districts and polls and everything possibly related to the election. And again, he couldn't have been more off. This isn't an NFL game, this is *the country.* How's this possible?"

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Founder of FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver speaks onstage at the ABC Leadership Breakfast panel during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Bryant Park Grill on September 28, 2015 in New York City. He's fallen afoul of Twitter users due to his predictions of the 2020 presidential elections. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AWXII