Pew Research Center Dec. 6, 2010

Should I take polls about the 2012 election seriously two years before the election?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

U.S. Politics Nov. 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls

A new analysis of Pew Research Center pre-election surveys conducted this year finds that support for Republican candidates was significantly higher in samples based only on landlines than in dual frame samples that combined landline and cell phone interviews. The difference in the margin among likely voters this year is about twice as large as in 2008.

U.S. Politics Oct. 13, 2010

Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update

Data from Pew Research Center polling this year suggest that the landline-only bias is as large, and potentially even larger, than it was in 2008.

Pew Research Center Jun. 23, 2010

Why won’t you pay me to answer your poll questions?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

U.S. Politics May. 20, 2010

Assessing the Cell Phone Challenge

With fully a quarter of the U.S. adult population now relying solely on cell phone service, pollsters and other survey researchers face a difficult decision as to whether to include cell phones in their samples. A joint study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes an up-to-date look at the potential biases in findings based on landline-only surveys.

Pew Research Center May. 18, 2010

Why do many of the questions on your quizzes begin with the phrase: “Do you happen to know….?”

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center May. 11, 2010

Can you really gauge the sentiments of the total U.S. population with such small samples?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Apr. 14, 2010

Is caller ID is increasing non-response rates in your surveys?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Mar. 31, 2010

Can I volunteer to be picked for a survey?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Mar. 25, 2010

How do you decide how to word your survey questions?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.