Sep 27, 2020  
2019-2020 University Bulletin 
    
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POSC 374 - Public Opinion and Polling

3 hours
For a democracy, knowing what “the people” want is considered essential. Public opinion polling has assumed an increased role in politics as every major politician, newspaper, and organization uses polls to prove they are right, their opponent is wrong, or “the people” support them. This course examines whether public opinion really exists, what form it may take, how it is measured, and how it is used politically. The course will examine question wording, question ordering, types of polls, who is polled, and very basic interpretive tools such as sample types and error measuring. No statistics training is necessary.

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in social sciences.



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