Independent media needs you. Join the Tyee.

The Hook: Political news, freshly caught

Election shows public mood now shifts 'in a matter of hours': Geller

Michael Geller, the prominent real estate consultant and pundit, said the upset BC Liberal win shows that chattering classes are having less impact on voter intention.

"Isn't (it) wonderful that the pundits and the pollsters can no longer determine the outcome of an election," said Geller, who was one of the nearly 1,000 celebrants at the BC Liberal party in downtown Vancouver.

"In this case, it was the voters who decided. And none of us predicted this."

Geller said the Alberta Conservative Party's unexpected win over the right-wing Wildrose Party was a "foreshadowing" of what just happened in B.C.

"Every time (radio talk show host) Bill Good told me the election was over, I said that it may not be. And I'm not sure that I entirely believed it, but I thought there was a chance there was a chance the Liberals might win because the pundits were so convinced that they wouldn't."

About the nature of polling today, Geller said that: "I think the reality is that today we no longer use land phone lines the same way. Social media has changed the way the public mood shifts.

"It used to shift in a matter of years, then in a matter of months. Now it shifts in a matter of hours."

Doug Ward is reporting from the BC Liberal party at the Wall Centre.

Find more in:

What have we missed? What do you think? We want to know. Comment below. Keep in mind:


  • Verify facts, debunk rumours
  • Add context and background
  • Spot typos and logical fallacies
  • Highlight reporting blind spots
  • Ignore trolls
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity
  • Connect with each other

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language
  • Libel or defame
  • Bully or troll
  • Troll patrol. Instead, flag suspect activity.
comments powered by Disqus