Pew Research Center Mar. 3, 2009

New Tricks for Old — and New — Dogs

Pollsters and other communications researchers are finding their job ever more challenging but also more interesting, and, with the help of new techniques and data sources, even more amenable.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2008

Calling Cell Phones In ’08 Pre-Election Polls

The latest study of Pew Research Center election surveys analyzes the effects of conducting both landline and cell phone interviews. While the addition of cell phones had at most a modest effect on estimates of candidate support in individual surveys, when looked at in the aggregate clear patterns emerge.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2008

What a Year! People-Press Poll Reports in 2008

Findings from Pew Research Center polls over the year told the story of the longest — and one of the most exciting — presidential elections in U.S. history as well as recording the public’s reactions to other major events ranging from the pope’s visit, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the onset of a mega-economic downturn.

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2008

Exit Poll Preview

In an exclusive interview, Joe Lenski, co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Media Research discusses his organization’s plans for conducting exit polls on November 4, given this year’s special challenges.

U.S. Politics Oct. 17, 2008

Poll Power

Though by no means a perfect instrument, polls make it possible for more opinions, held by a broader and more representative range of citizens, to be known to the government and thus, potentially, heeded.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

As in two preceding tests, a new survey shows that including cell phone interviews results in slightly more support for Obama and slightly less for McCain.

U.S. Politics Jul. 17, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

The latest Pew Research Center national survey, including a sample of 503 adults on a cell phone, finds that the overall estimate of voter presidential preference is modestly affected by whether or not the cell phone respondents are included.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2008

Research Roundup: Latest Findings on Cell Phones and Polling

The Pew Research Center has been studying the challenge to survey research posed by the growing number of wireless-only households. Here’s a summary of its latest findings.

Internet & Tech Apr. 21, 2008

How Different Are People Who Don’t Respond to Pollsters?

Survey research firms face increasingly high non-completion rates. Analysis based on extra efforts to reach non-responders finds few differences between the responses of the easy- and hard-to-reach.

U.S. Politics Jan. 31, 2008

The Impact of “Cell-Onlys” on Public Opinion Polls

A new Pew study finds that on key political measures such as presidential approval, Iraq policy, presidential primary voter preference and party affiliation, respondents reached on cell phones hold attitudes very similar to those reached on landline telephones.