Confidence in Polls Eroding

The election of The Donald, contrary to predictions of pollsters, has helped erode confidence in polls. The pollsters haven’t given up trying to do what can’t be done–that is, trying to to produce reliable information from answers to questions–but more and more people are recognizing that the asking method is fundamentally flawed.  A case in point is an article by Eddie Chambers, “Only one poll matters; drop the rest” (Chicago Tribune, 11/22/16), in which he calls attention to “the unreliability of polls”,  “the quack science of polling”, and that “time after time, polling has been exposed as a sham.”

For a complete assessment of polling and all other forms of survey research, see my book, The Problem with Survey Research.



About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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