Polling Problems

Polling, the act of measuring public opinion, is not a flawless way of measuring said opinion.  There is always error found in a scientifically conducted poll.  We recognize this as the margin of error.  But what about errors that you can find within the poll’s questions or responses?  Below are three polls that have errors/potential errors within each.  Once you find the error(s), ask yourself, what adjustments could be made to eliminate those errors?

I.  If the election for President were held today, who would you vote for?

Person A (Democrat) 52%
Person B (Republican) 48%

II.  If the election for Governor were held today, who would you vote for?

Person A (Democrat) 35%
Person B (Republican) 45%
Person C (Independent) 20%
Number of People Polled:  1000 Adults
Poll Conducted via landline phone

III.  If the election for Senator were held today, who would you vote for?

Person A (Democrat) 45%
Person B (Republican) 35%
Person C (Independent) 20%
Number of People Polled:  1000 Registered Voters
Margin of Error:  +/- 3%




11 responses to “Polling Problems

  1. For Question 1 I noticed that there were only two options, I think that there should have been a third ,C(someone else) and a D(not voting) I think these need to be incorporated because with only two options that pushed people to vote for one or the other and some times people do not agree with either choice.

  2. One thing that puzzles me is that you don’t have a section for people who do not vote. Another thing is that there isnt a specific age range of people. These 1000 votes can be older adults or younger adults which may alter the percentages because if they ask older adults who generally have a 50/50 spit for political group as in younger adults one specific group may be more dominant then the next. These are two things that could alter the results, other details like race, wealth, and location could also alter the results.

  3. For each Question I am split down the middle between each person as a human there is no way I could possibly know which one to vote for because each side has different view points and I am not one to choose the bad for the good. I have not voted since 2008 in anything because I believe there is something more to politics and government which is beyond my personal control and I believe that my vote could not possible make any difference.

  4. For Question 1, there should be two additional spaces, one for those who vote “neither” and the other for those who just don’t vote. For Question 2 and 3, the problem is that you do not know who’s voting. When it says “adults”, that could me ages ranging from 18 to 72. Also where these people live, and their social status. All these factors could effect the outcome of the votes and what decisions are made. Everyone needs a fair chance, so voters should be balanced between age, race, social and social status. It shouldn’t be all one sided with wealthier class having more say than those in lower class for example.

  5. For question ! there should be to additional spots for people who don’t vote and who would neither. For question to there needs to be sections of the ages of people and who they voted for; for example adults ages 30-45 voted republican. Again for question three there isn’t a section for people who do not vote like myself.

  6. The first poll needs to have more options for the people who don’t vote or vote for a third party. Neither the second or third poll specifies which governor or senator the poll is about. The third poll is the only one that polled registered voters. This means the people in the first two polls may not even vote.

  7. For poll 1 I surely believe that there needs to be more options in poll 1 because what do people do that don’t vote for a political party. The second poll doesn’t clearly state who the politician is so therefor people do not know who they are voting for and that can be an issue. Poll 3 is for people that are only registered voters and clearly states that people who cant vote for the beginning two cannot vote on the third poll.

  8. All three polling questions, in my opinion, are so open ended. Is it assumed that the 1000 adults polled know everything there is to know about each politician running? I would change the questions to include specific names, each politicians platform, political history if any, and any associations. I feel this information would drastically change the outcome of the polls. People would be more informed and therefor give a more true/realistic answer instead of a name they’ve heard in the media for their preferred party.

  9. people only believe that we have republican and demarcates but there is a 3rd party. I feel that people get stuck on the 2 parties because the odds of getting the 3rd in are very slim.

  10. i also feel that we do not have enough polls and workers. the government should be wanting more so more people can vote. May b they do not want to have all of them vote

  11. The problem I see here is that there are too few options. What if a person is undecided at that moment? What is the person polled does not plan on voting? I would also like to see specific information on the voter themself. Age, gender, race, etc.

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