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Professor and Class,

The poll I chose was the CBS/New York Times poll on the Direction of the Country from the Polling Report site at http://www.pollingreport.com/right.htm

The topic of the poll was to determine if people are satisfied in the direction the country is going currently. The sample size was 1,276 (adults) nationwide with a margin of error ± 3.

The poll question was, "Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction or do you feel things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?"

Based on the results of the poll, 27% of those polled thinks things in the country are generally going in the right direction, 65% think things in the country have seriously gotten off track and 8% are unsure or gave no answer. There is obviously a significant difference in the way people think the country is headed based on the 27% vs 65% responses. The margin of error of ± 3 tells us that the for the 27% of those polled thinks things in the country are generally going in the right direction the margin of error could be 24% - 30%; for the 65% that think otherwise the margin of error could be from 62% - 68%; and for the 8% who are unsure from 5% – 11%.

Sampling played a role in that they sampled a portion of the adult population nationwide at large however it did not state where the samples were taken. In addition, I’m not sure if 1,276 adults is a good representation of the feeling of the population of the country as a whole. I think that a larger sample should have been taken.

Jacqui

http://www.pollingreport.com/right.htm


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