As you can see from the video clips, polling is a tricky business. We must understand who is polling, what is its purpose of the poll and what do the numbers really mean to be informed citizens.
Use the website www.pollingreport.com. This website is a repository for polling data. Each topic has multiple polls over similar questions conducted by different polling organizations.
Your assignment is to look at 3 different polling topics dealing with a political issue (choose one from the “State of the Union,” one from “elections” and one from “national security”) and then in a word document or text submission area answer the following questions for each Polling question:
1. Compare who the sample was for 2 different organizations (i.e. are they polling adults, registered voters etc). Explain who was polled.
2. Compare the numbers -- did one poll have numbers that were different than the other.the wording of the questions for each topic. Is there a difference in how the question was worded from one polling group to the next. Explain why you think the numbers were different.
3. Cut and paste the polling questions into the assignment and compare how you answer the question to the polling numbers. Are you in agreement with public opinion? Explain why or why not.