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Why You Need a Partisan Pollster

In an op-ed column two days ago, Stuart Rothenberg, a prominent political (and non-partisan) commentator argued that partisan pollsters (those who work directly for either Democratic or Republican candidates) do a better job than presumably objective third party pollsters.  Why?  Because they have to get it right.  Their campaign strategies depend on it.  Quoting Mr.…

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How to Conduct a Telephone Survey for Gold Standard Research

Telephone surveys are still considered the gold standard for rigorous public opinion polling and market research.  The reason is that virtually every household in the U.S. can be reached by telephone, and therefore we have careful methods of determining the probability that any individual person is included in a sample to be surveyed.  Knowing this…

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What Is An Omnibus Survey?

An omnibus survey is a shared-cost survey that can be a good way for you to save money on surveys.  It works by combining survey questions from multiple clients and then collecting responses to all questions from the same group of respondents.  After that, each client is given the data (the survey responses) to their…

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Top Trends of the Decade: Looking Back

As an industry driven by data and information, market research and public opinion polling has seen dramatic changes in the last ten years and will no doubt change quickly and in big ways during the next ten. Looking back, here are what we consider to be the five biggest changes that shaped current challenges faced…