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Friday, December 16, 2011

PolitiFact and the GOP Candidates

PolitiFact is an online 'non-partisan' (they say, I'm not sure I believe them) rating system for leading politicians. They rate whether the things people say or do about history, people, etc. are factually accurate. The breakdown is True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire. I thought it might be interesting to see what sort of ratings different GOP candidates are getting. You could, if you like, search for any other big name in politics and see their ratings as well. I report here the average truth ratings as a true to lie ratio (True through Half True versus Mostly False through Pants on Fire). Caveat: I can only include what is on Politifact. In my mind there are more controversial statements which can and should be evaluated.

Starting from the bottom up:
Jon Huntsman: 10 to 5
Michele Bachmann: 15 to 38
Rick Santorum: 7 to 6
Rick Perry: 55 to 56
Ron Paul: 18 to 10
Mitt Romney: 54 to 34
Newt Gingrich: 15 to 21

So, the most truthful down to the biggest liar in that order:
Jon Huntsman (not enough data to determine whether this is statistically true)
Ron Paul
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum (again, not much data)
Rick Perry
Newt Gingrich
Michele Bachmann

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