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.

Pew Research Center Mar. 15, 2010

How are pollsters able to determine whether an American is a liberal, moderate or conservative?

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. 11, 2010

Are adults with only a cell phone represented in your polls?

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 Oct. 14, 2009

But What Do the Polls Show?

Perhaps the best way to think about public opinion and its relationship to politics and policymaking is that the American public is typically short on facts, but often long on judgment.

U.S. Politics Jun. 25, 2009

Perils of Polling in Election ’08

Despite such challenges as a growing wireless-only population, possible racially-related response bias and greater-than-usual difficulties in forecasting turnout, polllsters’ methods were evidently adequate to the task.