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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

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+16 points

House Speaker Paul Ryan is in the unenviable position of trying to keep his job while also distancing himself and his party from Donald Trump. This is hard for Ryan because Republicans like Donald Trump way more than they like him. A YouGov poll found that Trump had a +36 percentage point net favorability rating among GOP primary voters; Ryan’s was only +16 points. [FiveThirtyEight]

24 flops

Of 61 Trump business ventures from the past decade analyzed by The New York Times, 24 did not work out, 16 had problems and 21 were successful. [The New York Times]

30 percent

Based on analysis from the McKinsey Global Institute, up to 30 percent of the working-age population in the U.S. and Europe is employed as an independent worker in the “gig economy.” [BBC]

32 percent

Ford will shut down its Mustang factory in Michigan for a week. The line is selling poorly — down 32 percent last month — while Chevrolet’s Camaro is thriving thanks to incentives from the manufacturer. Workers will continued to be paid; there’s just not enough demand. [Bloomberg]

59 percent

The National Asian American Survey — which tackles the difficult task of polling the 4 percent of the electorate that is Asian-American — found that 59 percent of the group favors Clinton, 16 percent prefers Trump, and 26 percent is undecided or backs a third-party candidate. [FiveThirtyEight]


Number of explicit spells said in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the most of any of the Potter books, according to an analysis by Skyler Johnson. [Tableau Public]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.