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Poll title:

     American Idol Season 7, Top 12    

Question (number 1) title:

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

The most preferred and most representative choice is:

    Brooke White

Overall popularity ranking:

     
Popularity Choice VoteFair
ranking
score
Traditional
vote count

(for comparison)
First-most popular Brooke White  Ranking score is 72 for Brooke White 305 voters marked Brooke White as their first choice
Second-most popular Carly Smithson  Ranking score is 57 for Carly Smithson 194 voters marked Carly Smithson as their first choice
Third-most popular Ramiele Malubay  Ranking score is 41 for Ramiele Malubay 151 voters marked Ramiele Malubay as their first choice
Fourth-most popular Syesha Mercado  Ranking score is 24 for Syesha Mercado 34 voters marked Syesha Mercado as their first choice
Fifth-most popular Amanda Overmyer  Ranking score is 10 for Amanda Overmyer 49 voters marked Amanda Overmyer as their first choice
Sixth-most popular Kristy Lee Cook  Ranking score is 0 for Kristy Lee Cook 19 voters marked Kristy Lee Cook as their first choice

VoteFair representation Ranking

  

First-most representative choice is:

Brooke White

Second-most representative choice is:

Carly Smithson

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 Brooke White
Instant runoff Brooke White
(18 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 : Kristy Lee Cook)
Majority None of the choices has won a majority (more than half) the votes.

(30 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice. )
Plurality Brooke White

(30 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice. )
Condorcet Brooke White
Borda count Brooke White
(86 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice at the same preference level. )

Details of plurality results

  
Choice Vote count Percentage
Brooke White 305 41 305 voters marked Brooke White as their first choice
Carly Smithson 194 26 194 voters marked Carly Smithson as their first choice
Ramiele Malubay 151 20 151 voters marked Ramiele Malubay as their first choice
Amanda Overmyer 49 7 49 voters marked Amanda Overmyer as their first choice
Syesha Mercado 34 5 34 voters marked Syesha Mercado as their first choice
Kristy Lee Cook 19 3 19 voters marked Kristy Lee Cook as their first choice
(30 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: 782
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 = Brooke White
Y = Carly Smithson
441
441 voters prefer Brooke White over Carly Smithson
44
44 voters have an equal preference for Brooke White and Carly Smithson
297
297 voters prefer Carly Smithson over Brooke White
X = Brooke White
Y = Ramiele Malubay
516
516 voters prefer Brooke White over Ramiele Malubay
33
33 voters have an equal preference for Brooke White and Ramiele Malubay
233
233 voters prefer Ramiele Malubay over Brooke White
X = Brooke White
Y = Syesha Mercado
583
583 voters prefer Brooke White over Syesha Mercado
46
46 voters have an equal preference for Brooke White and Syesha Mercado
153
153 voters prefer Syesha Mercado over Brooke White
X = Brooke White
Y = Amanda Overmyer
618
618 voters prefer Brooke White over Amanda Overmyer
47
47 voters have an equal preference for Brooke White over Amanda Overmyer
117
117 voters prefer Amanda Overmyer over Brooke White
X = Brooke White
Y = Kristy Lee Cook
658
658 voters prefer Brooke White over Kristy Lee Cook
49
49 voters have an equal preference for Brooke White and Kristy Lee Cook
75
75 voters prefer Kristy Lee Cook over Brooke White
X = Carly Smithson
Y = Ramiele Malubay
476
476 voters prefer Carly Smithson over Ramiele Malubay
32
32 voters have an equal preference for Carly Smithson and Ramiele Malubay
274
274 voters prefer Ramiele Malubay over Carly Smithson
X = Carly Smithson
Y = Syesha Mercado
553
553 voters prefer Carly Smithson over Syesha Mercado
43
43 voters have an equal preference for Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado
186
186 voters prefer Syesha Mercado over Carly Smithson
X = Carly Smithson
Y = Amanda Overmyer
592
592 voters prefer Carly Smithson over Amanda Overmyer
43
43 voters have an equal preference for Carly Smithson over Amanda Overmyer
147
147 voters prefer Amanda Overmyer over Carly Smithson
X = Carly Smithson
Y = Kristy Lee Cook
600
600 voters prefer Carly Smithson over Kristy Lee Cook
45
45 voters have an equal preference for Carly Smithson and Kristy Lee Cook
137
137 voters prefer Kristy Lee Cook over Carly Smithson
X = Ramiele Malubay
Y = Syesha Mercado
507
507 voters prefer Ramiele Malubay over Syesha Mercado
39
39 voters have an equal preference for Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado
236
236 voters prefer Syesha Mercado over Ramiele Malubay
X = Ramiele Malubay
Y = Amanda Overmyer
521
521 voters prefer Ramiele Malubay over Amanda Overmyer
38
38 voters have an equal preference for Ramiele Malubay over Amanda Overmyer
223
223 voters prefer Amanda Overmyer over Ramiele Malubay
X = Ramiele Malubay
Y = Kristy Lee Cook
567
567 voters prefer Ramiele Malubay over Kristy Lee Cook
44
44 voters have an equal preference for Ramiele Malubay over Kristy Lee Cook
171
171 voters prefer Kristy Lee Cook over Ramiele Malubay
X = Syesha Mercado
Y = Amanda Overmyer
433
433 voters prefer Syesha Mercado over Amanda Overmyer
54
54 voters have an equal preference for Syesha Mercado over Amanda Overmyer
295
295 voters prefer Amanda Overmyer over Syesha Mercado
X = Syesha Mercado
Y = Kristy Lee Cook
487
487 voters prefer Syesha Mercado over Kristy Lee Cook
59
59 voters have an equal preference for Syesha Mercado over Kristy Lee Cook
236
236 voters prefer Kristy Lee Cook over Syesha Mercado
X = Amanda Overmyer
Y = Kristy Lee Cook
392
392 voters prefer Amanda Overmyer over Kristy Lee Cook
63
63 voters have an equal preference for Amanda Overmyer and Kristy Lee Cook
327
327 voters prefer Kristy Lee Cook over Amanda Overmyer
The highest score (which equals the sum of the bold underlined numbers, plus either tally number in any tied pair of choices) is: 7,944
Number of all possible valid sequences (without ties): 720
First sequence:
  1. Amanda Overmyer
  2. Brooke White
  3. Carly Smithson
  4. Kristy Lee Cook
  5. Ramiele Malubay
  6. Syesha Mercado
Last sequence:
  1. Syesha Mercado
  2. Ramiele Malubay
  3. Kristy Lee Cook
  4. Carly Smithson
  5. Brooke White
  6. Amanda Overmyer
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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&5&6 x23
  • 1,2&3&4&5&6 x1
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6 x3
  • 1,2,3,4,6,5 x1
  • 1,2,3,5,6,4 x5
  • 1,2,3,6,5,4 x4
  • 1,2,4,3,5,6 x1
  • 1,2,4,6,5,3 x1
  • 1,2,5,3,6,4 x2
  • 1,2,5,4,3,6 x1
  • 1,2,6,3,5,4 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,6,5 x1
  • 1,3,2,5,6,4 x4
  • 1,3,2,6,4,5 x2
  • 1,3,2,6,5,4 x7
  • 1,3,5,2,4,6 x1
  • 1,3,5,4,6,2 x1
  • 1,3,5,6,4,2 x1
  • 1,3,6,2,5,4 x1
  • 1,3,6,5,4,2 x1
  • 1,4,2,5,6,3 x1
  • 1,4,5,6,2,3 x1
  • 1,5,2,3,4,6 x1
  • 1,5,2,3,6,4 x1
  • 1,5,2,4,3,6 x1
  • 1,5,3,2,6,4 x1
  • 1,5,4,2,3,6 x1
  • 1,5,4,3,6,2 x1
  • 1,6,2,3,5,4 x2
  • 2&3,1&4&5&6 x2
  • 2&3,1,6,5,4 x1
  • 2&4,3&5,1&6 x1
  • 2&5,3&6,4,1 x1
  • 2,1,3,4&5&6 x2
  • 2,1,3,4,5,6 x7
  • 2,1,3,4,6,5 x2
  • 2,1,3,5,4,6 x1
  • 2,1,3,5,6,4 x3
  • 2,1,3,6,4,5 x1
  • 2,1,3,6,5,4 x3
  • 2,1,4,3,5,6 x4
  • 2,1,5,3,4,6 x3
  • 2,1,5,6,3,4 x3
  • 2,1,6,3&4&5 x1
  • 2,1,6,3,4,5 x1
  • 2,1,6,3,5,4 x2
  • 2,1,6,5,4,3 x1
  • 2,3&4&5&6,1 x1
  • 2,3&4,1&5,6 x1
  • 2,3,1&5,6,4 x1
  • [Remaining ballots not listed]

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