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Polling Group Gives Nod to Online Surveys

The purists in the polling industry who have always insisted that only probability sampling is valid may finally be accepting that their methods are dead. This is one happy conclusion I draw from the debate over AAPOR’s recent task force report on non-probability sampling, which is nicely summarized (and debated) as the lead article of…

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Why I Love Creating PR Surveys

After leaving academic research for the world of applied research, I found myself doing a lot of surveys for public relations.  These surveys are designed to uncover surprising or newsworthy nuggets of data that companies use to focus attention on topics relevant to their concerns.  My first boss despised such work, believing that a public…

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Google Beats Gallup in Recent Polls

If there is one super important lesson to be learned from this year’s round of election polling, it is that online surveys work.  Google Consumer Surveys, which use non-probability online samples, predicted the election far better than Gallup did.  And online surveys, overall, outperformed telephone surveys. The New York Times’ Nate Silver compiled polling results…