A new study led by David Lazer found that national election polls remain a strong indicator of election outcomes. In an article on the study from News@Northeastern, Lazer said of the study’s results: “The bottom line is that polls do surprisingly well across varied applications across the world, but they’re not magic. I think the 2016 U.S. election is exemplary in that way.” Lazer and his team used a novel method to assess all executive elections across the globe since 1945 and found that elections were 80 to 90% predictable.

Read the full study in Science here.