Polling Inquiry

Name _________________________________________ Period: ________

Below you will find the key cautionary steps to take when analyzing a public opinion poll. Use the eight steps below to compare and contrast three different polls available at http://www.pollingreport.com/  . Answer the questions below for all three polls. Then write a conclusion that includes an overall impression of public opinion polls and these particular results for the polls you choose. What are the advantages and disadvantages of becoming so infatuated with polls?

Topic of the polls examining ____________________________________________________________________

Poll 1

Poll 2

Poll 3

Title of the Poll

Does the title of the poll seem biased? Explain

Does it accurately describe the subject of the poll? Explain

What is the source of this poll?

Might this source be biased? Why/Why not?

If you do not recognize the name of the polling source, how could you find out more about it?

How was the sample selected?

Can you see any problems with the sampling method? Explain if there is an issue

What is the sample size in the poll?

Do you judge the sample to be sufficient? Explain

What is the margin of error of the poll?

Are the questions clear and neutral? Explain

Are the answer choices clear and neutral?

Are the summary statements supported by the actual poll results?