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Census Bureau Releases 2010 American Community Survey Single Year Estimates

September 23, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau today released findings from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), the most relied-on source for up-to-date socioeconomic information every year. The release covers more than 40 topics, such as educational attainment, income, health insurance coverage, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

For more information, see the U.S. Census Bureau's website.


Can the State Polls be Trusted? Video Conference

October 20, 2008

External Link: On October 7, the New York and New Jersey chapters of AAPOR co-sponsored a panel discussion on state polling for the 2008 presidential election. The panel included Christopher Achen, Associate Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University; Larry Hugick, Chairman of Princeton Survey Research Associates International; Andrew Gelman from the Departments of Statistics and Political Science at Columbia University; and Joe Lenski, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Edison Media Research.

A recording of the event is available on YouTube at:

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Experts offer Multiple Takes on Technology at Conference

October 10, 2008

Thomas Guterbock summed things up nicely at the recent “New Technologies and Survey Research” conference held by the Program on Survey Research at Harvard University.

In his presentation “Strategies and Standards for Reaching Respondents in a New Age of Technology,” Guterbock – the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research – described both sides of the new technology coin: it’s easier than ever for pollsters and survey researchers to get in touch with people – via cellphone, email, instant message, etc.; at the same time, other technologies are making it...

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Evaluating Pre-Election Polls

October 7, 2008

Pre-election polls are one of the most visible types of surveys in the news, at least around election time. Interested in better understanding the political polls this year? Here are some on-line resources to help guide you through sorting through the good and the bad.

  • The American Association for Public Opinion Research is the main professional organization for public opinion researchers. They have put together a page of helpful information on pre-election polls. http...
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