In the United States we consistently make use of public opinion polls. However, the frequency of this polling and attention to the results is not entirely consistent.
Unfortunately the creation of this polling information often results in the creation of polls that are at best marginal and at worst deceptive. Three excellent sources
for public opinion polls dealing with politics and government are the Gallup Organization, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, and the Roper Center
for Public Opinion Research. These sources are among the most respected polling and survey institutions in the nation.
For this assignment, you will need to find two public opinion polls: one from any of the aforementioned websites, and a second from a source different from the ones
listed above. For each of the polls you find:
•Provide the title of the poll and a hyperlink to the source of the poll you used. (2 points) .
•Answer the following questions (1 point/each):.
What is the population being described .
How large of a sample is being used .
How were the respondents selected .
What is the margin of error What level of measurement is obtained by the survey.
What type of measurements (direction, intensity, salience, stability) are evidenced in your poll .
•Provide your opinion (1 point/each).
What made you select this poll .
Are the results surprising or do they confirm your thinking .
What impact, if any, could this poll have on public policy .