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Poll title:

     American Idol, Season 10, Top 13    

Question (number 2) title:

     Who is your favorite, second-favorite, etc., male singer?    

The most preferred and most representative choice is:

    Casey Abrams

Overall popularity ranking:

     
Popularity Choice VoteFair
ranking
score
Traditional
vote count

(for comparison)
First-most popular Casey Abrams  Ranking score is 62 for Casey Abrams 265 voters marked Casey Abrams as their first choice
Second-most popular James Durbin  Ranking score is 49 for James Durbin 213 voters marked James Durbin as their first choice
Third-most popular Scotty McCreery  Ranking score is 38 for Scotty McCreery 198 voters marked Scotty McCreery as their first choice
Fourth-most popular Paul McDonald  Ranking score is 20 for Paul McDonald 103 voters marked Paul McDonald as their first choice
Fifth-most popular Stefano Langone  Ranking score is 9 for Stefano Langone 73 voters marked Stefano Langone as their first choice
Sixth-most popular Jacob Lusk  Ranking score is 0 for Jacob Lusk 77 voters marked Jacob Lusk as their first choice

VoteFair representation Ranking

  

First-most representative choice is:

Casey Abrams

Second-most representative choice is:

James Durbin

Third-most representative choice is:

Scotty McCreery

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 Casey Abrams
Instant runoff Casey Abrams
(31 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 : Stefano Langone)
Majority None of the choices has won a majority (more than half) the votes.

(34 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Plurality Casey Abrams

(34 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice as the most-preferred choice.)
Condorcet Casey Abrams
Borda count Casey Abrams
(115 ballots ignored because they rank more than one choice at the same preference level.)

Details of plurality results

  
Choice Vote count Percentage
Casey Abrams 265 29 265 voters marked Casey Abrams as their first choice
James Durbin 213 23 213 voters marked James Durbin as their first choice
Scotty McCreery 198 21 198 voters marked Scotty McCreery as their first choice
Paul McDonald 103 11 103 voters marked Paul McDonald as their first choice
Jacob Lusk 77 8 77 voters marked Jacob Lusk as their first choice
Stefano Langone 73 8 73 voters marked Stefano Langone as their first choice
(34 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: 963
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 = Casey Abrams
Y = James Durbin
478
478 voters prefer Casey Abrams over James Durbin
55
55 voters have an equal preference for Casey Abrams and James Durbin
430
430 voters prefer James Durbin over Casey Abrams
X = Casey Abrams
Y = Scotty McCreery
510
510 voters prefer Casey Abrams over Scotty McCreery
39
39 voters have an equal preference for Casey Abrams and Scotty McCreery
414
414 voters prefer Scotty McCreery over Casey Abrams
X = Casey Abrams
Y = Paul McDonald
651
651 voters prefer Casey Abrams over Paul McDonald
57
57 voters have an equal preference for Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald
255
255 voters prefer Paul McDonald over Casey Abrams
X = Casey Abrams
Y = Stefano Langone
671
671 voters prefer Casey Abrams over Stefano Langone
53
53 voters have an equal preference for Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone
239
239 voters prefer Stefano Langone over Casey Abrams
X = Casey Abrams
Y = Jacob Lusk
652
652 voters prefer Casey Abrams over Jacob Lusk
48
48 voters have an equal preference for Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk
263
263 voters prefer Jacob Lusk over Casey Abrams
X = James Durbin
Y = Scotty McCreery
502
502 voters prefer James Durbin over Scotty McCreery
42
42 voters have an equal preference for James Durbin and Scotty McCreery
419
419 voters prefer Scotty McCreery over James Durbin
X = James Durbin
Y = Paul McDonald
601
601 voters prefer James Durbin over Paul McDonald
60
60 voters have an equal preference for James Durbin and Paul McDonald
302
302 voters prefer Paul McDonald over James Durbin
X = James Durbin
Y = Stefano Langone
644
644 voters prefer James Durbin over Stefano Langone
59
59 voters have an equal preference for James Durbin and Stefano Langone
260
260 voters prefer Stefano Langone over James Durbin
X = James Durbin
Y = Jacob Lusk
632
632 voters prefer James Durbin over Jacob Lusk
56
56 voters have an equal preference for James Durbin over Jacob Lusk
275
275 voters prefer Jacob Lusk over James Durbin
X = Scotty McCreery
Y = Paul McDonald
596
596 voters prefer Scotty McCreery over Paul McDonald
44
44 voters have an equal preference for Scotty McCreery over Paul McDonald
323
323 voters prefer Paul McDonald over Scotty McCreery
X = Scotty McCreery
Y = Stefano Langone
641
641 voters prefer Scotty McCreery over Stefano Langone
38
38 voters have an equal preference for Scotty McCreery and Stefano Langone
284
284 voters prefer Stefano Langone over Scotty McCreery
X = Scotty McCreery
Y = Jacob Lusk
606
606 voters prefer Scotty McCreery over Jacob Lusk
48
48 voters have an equal preference for Scotty McCreery over Jacob Lusk
309
309 voters prefer Jacob Lusk over Scotty McCreery
X = Paul McDonald
Y = Stefano Langone
506
506 voters prefer Paul McDonald over Stefano Langone
69
69 voters have an equal preference for Paul McDonald and Stefano Langone
388
388 voters prefer Stefano Langone over Paul McDonald
X = Paul McDonald
Y = Jacob Lusk
468
468 voters prefer Paul McDonald over Jacob Lusk
64
64 voters have an equal preference for Paul McDonald over Jacob Lusk
431
431 voters prefer Jacob Lusk over Paul McDonald
X = Stefano Langone
Y = Jacob Lusk
452
452 voters prefer Stefano Langone over Jacob Lusk
65
65 voters have an equal preference for Stefano Langone over Jacob Lusk
446
446 voters prefer Jacob Lusk over Stefano Langone
The highest score (which equals the sum of the bold underlined numbers, plus either tally number in any tied pair of choices) is: 8,610
Number of all possible valid sequences (without ties): 720
First sequence:
  1. Casey Abrams
  2. Jacob Lusk
  3. James Durbin
  4. Paul McDonald
  5. Scotty McCreery
  6. Stefano Langone
Last sequence:
  1. Stefano Langone
  2. Scotty McCreery
  3. Paul McDonald
  4. James Durbin
  5. Jacob Lusk
  6. Casey Abrams
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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 x20
  • 1&2,5,3,4,6 x1
  • 1&3,2&4&5&6 x1
  • 1&3,4&5,2&6 x1
  • 1&4&5,3&6,2 x1
  • 1&5,2&3&4&6 x1
  • 1&5,2&4&6,3 x1
  • 1&5,4,3,2,6 x1
  • 1,2&3&4&5&6 x6
  • 1,2&3,5,4,6 x1
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6 x10
  • 1,2,3,4,6,5 x2
  • 1,2,3,5,4,6 x4
  • 1,2,3,6,4,5 x2
  • 1,2,3,6,5,4 x3
  • 1,2,4,3,5,6 x4
  • 1,2,4,5,3,6 x2
  • 1,2,4,5,6,3 x4
  • 1,2,4,6,5,3 x1
  • 1,2,5,3,4,6 x4
  • 1,2,5,3,6,4 x3
  • 1,2,5,4,3,6 x2
  • 1,2,5,4,6,3 x2
  • 1,2,5,6,4,3 x2
  • 1,2,6,4,5,3 x1
  • 1,2,6,5,3,4 x1
  • 1,2,6,5,4,3 x1
  • 1,3&5,4&6,2 x1
  • 1,3,2,4,5,6 x7
  • 1,3,2,4,6,5 x2
  • 1,3,2,5,4,6 x8
  • 1,3,2,6,4,5 x2
  • 1,3,2,6,5,4 x2
  • 1,3,4,2,5,6 x4
  • 1,3,4,2,6,5 x2
  • 1,3,4,5,2,6 x2
  • 1,3,4,5,6,2 x10
  • 1,3,4,6,2,5 x1
  • 1,3,4,6,5,2 x4
  • 1,3,5,2&4&6 x3
  • 1,3,5,2,4,6 x2
  • 1,3,5,2,6,4 x6
  • 1,3,5,4,2,6 x7
  • 1,3,5,4,6,2 x9
  • 1,3,5,6,2,4 x8
  • 1,3,5,6,4,2 x6
  • 1,3,6,2,4,5 x1
  • 1,3,6,2,5,4 x3
  • 1,3,6,4,2,5 x2
  • 1,3,6,4,5,2 x4
  • [Remaining ballots not listed]

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