Polling and the Public What Every Citizen Should Know

ISBN-10: 1604266066

ISBN-13: 9781604266061

Edition: 8th 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Herbert Asher

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Helping readers become better consumers of poll results, this book is a valuable and accessible resource for students learning to assess poll results critically. It incorporates the latest scholarship and data, examining structural aspects of polls, methodological procedures, and the function of polls in electoral politics.
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 4/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Dr. Herb Asher is professor emeritus of political science at The Ohio State University and counselor to the university president.nbsp; He previously served as special assistant to the university president for government relations and founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.nbsp; He is frequently called upon as an expert political analyst by local and national media. Dr. Asher earned his degrees at Bucknell University (B.S. Mathematics) and the University of Michigan (M.A. & PH.D. in political science).nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Dr. Asher serves as faculty adviser to several student organizations, including the Undergraduate Student Government, the College Democrats, and two fraternities.nbsp; He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Hillel and formerly served as faculty adviser to the College Republicans. Dr. Asher is a former member and chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission and a member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.nbsp; He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Community Research Partners, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Metropolitan Club, and former president of the Ohio State University Faculty Club.

Preface
Polling and the Public
The Importance of Polls
The Pervasiveness of Polls
Commissioned Polls
FRUGging, SUGging, and Pseudopolls
The Citizen as a Consumer of Polls
Citizens' Views of Polls
Polling and Democracy
Exercises
The Problem of Nonattitudes
An Example of Nonattitudes
The Use of Screening Questions
Nonattitudes and the Middle Position in Survey Questions
Response Instability and Nonattitudes
Implications for Democracy and Public Policy
Conclusion
Exercises
Wording and Context of Questions
Question Wording
Question Order and Context
Conclusion
Exercises
Sampling Techniques
Nonprobability Sampling
Sampling Designs
Sample Size and Sampling Error
Total versus Actual Sample Size
Response Rates
Weighting the Sample
Conclusion
Exercises
Interviewing and Data Collection Procedures
Methods of Collecting Polling Information
Interviewer Effects in Public Opinion Polling
Internet Polling
Conclusion
Exercises
The Media and the Polls
Standards for Reporting Results
Substantive Interpretation of Polls
Media, Polls, and the News Reporting Emphasis
Conclusion
Exercises
Polls and Elections
Sponsors of Election Polls
Types of Election Polls
Uses of Polls by Candidates
Polls in the Presidential Selection Process
When and Why Election Predictions Are Wrong
How Preelection Polls Affect Voters
Conclusion
Exercises
Analyzing and Interpreting Polls
Choosing Items to Analyze
Examining Trends with Polling Data
Examining Subsets of Respondents
Interpreting Poll Results
When Polls Conflict: Some Final Thoughts
Exercises
Polling and Democracy
How to Evaluate Polls: A Summary
Polls and Their Effect on the Political System
Conclusion
Exercise
Web Sites
References
Index
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