Polling Positions

The findings in public opinion polls are a fixture in the news media, with pollsters measuring the public's thoughts on politicians, public policy and pop culture. But how does polling work? And how accurate is it?

Core Standard: Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers.

Discussion Questions

  1. Write five questions that anticipate variability in the data.
  2. What is the difference between median, mode, and mean?
  3. How do you calculate the degree of error?
  4. How do you calculate variability with quartiles?
  5. What influences public opinion?



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