Find Statistics, Demographics, and Public Opinion Polls
- Do you need opinion that is current or historical (such as when the event occurred)?
- Whose opinion was documented? Who was left out? Does this have an effect on the outcome?
- What was the purpose of collecting this information? Was it to inform or persuade?
When you are looking at a poll, here are some questions that you should think about.
A statistic is a calculated measurement created from a dataset of a large quantity of numerical data.
A demographic is a statistic derived from a study of populations of people. Demography includes the study of size, structure, characteristics, and distribution of populations over space and time.
It is important to remember that although polls, statistics, and demographic information are seperate concepts, the general public often uses them interchangeably. This guide will link you to all kinds of numerical data about people.
To learn more about polls, statistics, and demographics, visit the American Statistical Association's blog.
Use the following syntax when you are looking for statistics on a .gov and .org site:
keywords + statistics + site:.gov (EX: pet owners United States statistics site:.gov) = Spending on Pets Report
keywords + statistics + site:.org (EX: pet owners United States statistics site:.org) = U.S. Pet Ownership
Where to Search for Statistics, Demographics, and Public Opinion Polls
|Place to Search||Public Opinion||Demographic||International||University of Texas Statistics and Demographics||Election Polls||Historical|
|American National Elections Study Guide|
|CIA World Factbook|
|Historical Statistics of the United States|
|PEW Research Center|
|Public Agenda Online|
|Polling the Nations|
|Statistical Abstract of the United States|
|UT Austin Student Profiles|
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