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Defunct word. Psephology is a defunct word not commonly used or understood by people today. That makes for a bad category. Better is "Voting Studies." Rjensen 13:13, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

Please do not just remove the cat. There is a proper Wikipedia procedure for dealing with this type of dispute:
Please use it if you are unhappy. Do not just remove the cat from the article.--Mais oui! 13:17, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
Well who invented this category and with what justification? Rjensen 13:55, 21 February 2006 (UTC)


The article reads "Psephology is the statistical study of elections," but it is the scientific study of elections (if it must be qualified). --Electiontechnology 19:05, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

 Done I agree.[1] --Trevj (talk) 18:49, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Not a defunct word at all - just not used a lot[edit]

There is no replacement word for it. It just isn't used a lot. The tags on the article make it look bad but it is actually pretty much as good as it possibly could be. I won't just remove the tags as I note that someone else got told off for that, but I really think that the issues have been dealt with. (talk) 14:16, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

According to this Google Ngram it peaked in the 1960's and is approaching extinction now. I'm not sure how accurate that is -- the curve for "voting studies" seem odd, and neither "election science" nor "voting science" nor "scientific study of elections" come up at all. But Google Ngrams is considered a good source I think, and if that's true then "voting studies" is certainly more popular. But the trend for "voting studies" shows that it was (comparatively) wildly more popular around 1975 but is, for some reason, cratering and will also be extinct around 2020. And "Election analysis" probably refers to too many examples of non-scientific analysis to be of much use to us here. So hmmm. Herostratus (talk) 18:03, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

I've seen 'psephologists' used three times in three separate Guardian articles by different authors in the last few days. It's not that rare. Google it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:35, 24 May 2014 (UTC)