electionbettingodds.com is a great idea, but with haphazard execution. The website uses data from an online betting site to calculate the implied percentage likelihood that presidential candidates will win the United States presidency as well as their party's nomination. Betting odds tend to be better at predicting outcomes than polling, which makes the site's content interesting and helpful. However, electionbettingodds.com will annoy you for the following reasons:
- While the blue and red column shadings are a nice touch, the lack of shading in the rightmost column gives the page an unbalanced look.
- The numbers don't add up, which might lead you to question how reliable the data actually is. This is a major flaw in a site whose whole point is to communicate data. For example, if you add up the percentage likelihood of the three democratic candidates, you get 96.5%. However, there is a 100% chance that a democrat will in the democratic primary, so something must be wrong with the data. Similarly, if you add up the percentage likelihood for the republican primary and the presidency, you get 98.1% and 98.9%, respectively.
- The column headings are not centered.
- The format of the column headings is just bold and underlined, which looks unprofessional.
electionbettingodds.com will give you some useful information about how the upcoming elections are likely to play out, but the website's experience could be greatly enhanced by fixing the flaws mentioned above. You may want to love this site, but I bet these design flaws will annoy you.