Could A Zika Epidemic Be The Key To A Trump Victory?

Published: Aug 18, 2016

Platforms and popularity ratings, policies and debate performances, PAC funding and get-out-the-vote efforts–so many factors can make the difference in a close election. But uncontrollable world events can tip elections too. In fact, Donald Trump’s election chances may depend on something as seemingly random as a global epidemic.

Epidemics of contagious disease are frightening, and epidemic-related fear can shift people’s political attitudes. Did you know, for example, that the threat of infection makes people more likely to support physically attractive candidates? (Whether such a phenomenon would benefit Donald Trump depends, I guess, on whether you find the color orange attractive.)

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