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Poll title:

     American Idol Season 6 Poll, Top 4    

Question (number 1) title:

     Who is your favorite, second-favorite, etc., American Idol singer?    

The most preferred and most representative choice is:

    Jordin Sparks

Overall popularity ranking:

     
Popularity Choice VoteFair
ranking
score
Traditional
vote count

(for comparison)
First-most popular Jordin Sparks  Ranking score is 60 for Jordin Sparks 277 voters marked Jordin Sparks as their first choice
Second-most popular Melinda Doolittle  Ranking score is 42 for Melinda Doolittle 211 voters marked Melinda Doolittle as their first choice
Third-most popular Blake Lewis  Ranking score is 21 for Blake Lewis 192 voters marked Blake Lewis as their first choice
Fourth-most popular Lakisha Jones  Ranking score is 0 for Lakisha Jones 82 voters marked Lakisha Jones as their first choice

VoteFair representation Ranking

  

First-most representative choice is:

Jordin Sparks

Second-most representative choice is:

Melinda Doolittle

Additional levels of representation were not calculated.
(There may be too many questions, too many choices for this question, or too many votes, or no further calculations were requested.)

VoteFair representation ranking results should be used when more than one choice is to be selected. Why? When there are 100 voters, 51 of them can choose the first winner, so the other 49 voters deserve extra influence in choosing the second winner (instead of letting the 51 voters also choose the second winner). When should representation results be used? When a second candidate is elected to a second equivalent seat in a state legislature, or when an organization pursues a simultaneous second activity in addition to the most popular activity.

Comparison of VoteFair Ranking with other voting methods

  
Voting method Winner
VoteFair Jordin Sparks
Instant runoff Jordin Sparks
(22 ballots at least partially ignored because they include an equal preference at a significant step in the runoff process.
(Choice eliminated in the first round : Lakisha Jones)
Majority None of the choices has won a majority (more than half) the votes.

(5 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice. )
Plurality Jordin Sparks

(5 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice. )
Condorcet Jordin Sparks
Borda count Jordin Sparks
(54 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice at the same preference level. )

Details of plurality results

  
Choice Vote count Percentage
Jordin Sparks 277 36 277 voters marked Jordin Sparks as their first choice
Melinda Doolittle 211 28 211 voters marked Melinda Doolittle as their first choice
Blake Lewis 192 25 192 voters marked Blake Lewis as their first choice
Lakisha Jones 82 11 82 voters marked Lakisha Jones as their first choice
(5 ballots ignored in plurality counting because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice. )

Notice that the choice with the most plurality votes is not necessarily the most popular. Similarly the choice with the fewest plurality votes is not necessarily the least popular.

Data and Calculation Summary
Number of votes: 767
The following tally table summarizes all the preferences of all the voters. The bold underlined numbers are the ones that apply to the winning sequence.
  
All possible pairs of choice names Number of votes with indicated preference
Prefer X over Y Equal preference Prefer Y over X
X = Jordin Sparks
Y = Melinda Doolittle
391
391 voters prefer Jordin Sparks over Melinda Doolittle
26
26 voters have an equal preference for Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle
350
350 voters prefer Melinda Doolittle over Jordin Sparks
X = Jordin Sparks
Y = Blake Lewis
440
440 voters prefer Jordin Sparks over Blake Lewis
26
26 voters have an equal preference for Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis
301
301 voters prefer Blake Lewis over Jordin Sparks
X = Jordin Sparks
Y = Lakisha Jones
554
554 voters prefer Jordin Sparks over Lakisha Jones
21
21 voters have an equal preference for Jordin Sparks and Lakisha Jones
192
192 voters prefer Lakisha Jones over Jordin Sparks
X = Melinda Doolittle
Y = Blake Lewis
417
417 voters prefer Melinda Doolittle over Blake Lewis
24
24 voters have an equal preference for Melinda Doolittle and Blake Lewis
326
326 voters prefer Blake Lewis over Melinda Doolittle
X = Melinda Doolittle
Y = Lakisha Jones
557
557 voters prefer Melinda Doolittle over Lakisha Jones
24
24 voters have an equal preference for Melinda Doolittle over Lakisha Jones
186
186 voters prefer Lakisha Jones over Melinda Doolittle
X = Blake Lewis
Y = Lakisha Jones
483
483 voters prefer Blake Lewis over Lakisha Jones
16
16 voters have an equal preference for Blake Lewis over Lakisha Jones
268
268 voters prefer Lakisha Jones over Blake Lewis
The highest score (which equals the sum of the bold underlined numbers, plus either tally number in any tied pair of choices) is: 2,842
Number of all possible valid sequences (without ties): 24
First sequence:
  1. Jordin Sparks
  2. Lakisha Jones
  3. Melinda Doolittle
  4. Blake Lewis
Last sequence:
  1. Blake Lewis
  2. Melinda Doolittle
  3. Lakisha Jones
  4. Jordin Sparks
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Detailed ballot information
(The numbers indicate the choices
as listed in "First sequence" above,
a comma indicates the next lower preference level,
"&" joins choices at the same preference level,
and "x" precedes the vote count.)

  • 1&2&3&4 x3
  • 1&3,4,2 x1
  • 1,2&3&4 x8
  • 1,2,3,4 x20
  • 1,2,4,3 x13
  • 1,3&4,2 x1
  • 1,3,2,4 x54
  • 1,3,4,2 x77
  • 1,4,2&3 x2
  • 1,4,2,3 x20
  • 1,4,3,2 x82
  • 2&3,1,4 x1
  • 2,1&3&4 x12
  • 2,1&3,4 x1
  • 2,1,3,4 x7
  • 2,1,4,3 x4
  • 2,3,1&4 x3
  • 2,3,1,4 x28
  • 2,3,4,1 x14
  • 2,4,1,3 x3
  • 2,4,3,1 x10
  • 3,1&2&4 x5
  • 3,1&2,4 x2
  • 3,1,2,4 x50
  • 3,1,4,2 x50
  • 3,2,1&4 x3
  • 3,2,1,4 x19
  • 3,2,4,1 x24
  • 3,4,1,2 x40
  • 3,4,2,1 x18
  • 4,1&2&3 x9
  • 4,1&2,3 x2
  • 4,1,2&3 x1
  • 4,1,2,3 x28
  • 4,1,3,2 x66
  • 4,2,1,3 x3
  • 4,2,3,1 x18
  • 4,3,1,2 x41
  • 4,3,2,1 x24

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