This presidential election is unlike anything we've ever seen before. Some are baffled that out of 322 million US citizens, we can't come up with a least one good candidate.
And, on the other end of the spectrum, we have people who are so passionate about their candidate of choice, that they're voting for the very first time in their life.
If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that nothing about this election cycle has been boring.
And to think, it's only just getting started.
If you've been following the election coverage in the past week, you've undoubtedly heard about Donald Trump's claim that the rules surrounding GOP delegates are "fixed" and "unfair".
Essentially, he believes that the rules disregard the will of the people and instead give weight to a few hand-selected Republican leaders, whom are out to block his nomination.
Whether his claim is true or not, is not for me to decide. But, what I can say is that, when it comes to voting and polling, there always seems to be some level of controversy and shadiness going on.
The combination of money and power always seem to breed corruption. Corruption tends to lead to distrust. And, I guess you could say that there has always been a level of distrust when it comes to politics.
But, let's be honest, most of us are guilty of the exact same thing. Asking family to vote up the cute picture of your pet or child in a contest, or having your friends boost your company on Product Hunt. Or ... ahem ... your latest article on Inc.
Granted, our small upvote circles don't have global implications, but they are quite the same nonetheless.
I guess that's why I'm drawn this election cycle to the alternatives. People and practices that are bucking tradition and attempting to find a different/better way.
One of those places is Net Presidential Score, an open poll that's basing the results on how likely we are to recommend each candidate to our friends and family.
I mean, after all, should you really vote for someone that you couldn't even recommend to your Grandma?
Having launched just a few weeks ago, Net Presidential Score has already accumulated over 10,000 votes and open-ended opinions from a cross-section of American's across the country.
More than the scores however, the opinions are truly fascinating. They're broken down by each candidate and by sentiment. In other words, you can dig into WHY someone would either recommend a candidate or not. Something that "traditional" polls have always been missing for me.
Net Presidential Score released some early data today around the most common positive and negative terms used to describe each candidate.
Top Positive: Honest
Top Negative: Foreign Policy
Positive: Right Wing
Negative: Religious Views
Positive: Qualified Candidate
Positive: Political Outsider
Negative: Racist Bigot
Negative: Meh Moderate
To see all of the opinions and the scores for each candidate, check out Net Presidential Score.