en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_poll

An opinion poll, sometimes simply referred to as a poll, is a human research
survey of public opinion from a particular sample. Opinion polls are usually
designed to represent the opinions of a popu...

www.answers.com/Q/The_best_polls_take_a_random_sample_from_the_population_being_polled_What_does_that_mean

The best polls take a random sample from the population being polled What ...
Where can you take online polls or surveys? ... What does a polled goat mean?

www.aapor.org/Education-Resources/Election-Polling-Resources/Sampling-Methods-for-Political-Polling.aspx

To sample individuals, polling organizations can choose from a wide variety ... In
a probability sample, all persons in the target population have a known chance of
being ... For example, in a telephone survey based on random digit dialing (RDD)
... Participants are included in the sample by other means—typically because ...

www.gallup.com/178667/gallup-world-poll-work.aspx

Since creating the World Poll in 2005, Gallup has conducted studies in more ...
such as food access, employment, leadership performance, and well-being. ...
This makes it possible to trend data from year to year and make direct country
comparisons. ... to population size; otherwise, Gallup uses simple random
sampling.

ropercenter.cornell.edu/support/polling-fundamentals-sampling/

Mar 18, 2015 ... Designed for the novice, Polling Fundamentals provides definitions, ...
designated group (sample frame) has a chance of being selected. ... The
interviewer will then randomly select a person in the household ... In addition,
certain parts of the population, such as young males, are more difficult to get on
the ...

www.surveysystem.com/sscalc.htm

Creative Research Systems offers a free sample size calculator online. ... You
can use it to determine how many people you need to interview in order to get ...
is the plus-or-minus figure usually reported in newspaper or television opinion
poll results. ... The 95% confidence level means you can be 95% certain; the 99%
...

www.people-press.org/methodology/sampling/why-probability-sampling/

The basis of probability-based random sampling is that every member of the
population must have a known, non-zero chance of being selected. ... the means
by which the margin of sampling error can be calculated and the level of ... not be
feasible or practical to draw a random probability-based sample of the population
.

www.robertniles.com/stats/margin.shtml

So companies, campaigns and news organizations ask a randomly selected ...
But how many people do you need to ask to get a representative sample? ... that
the people you picked do not accurately represent the U.S. population as a whole
? ... gives you a margin of error of 2.5 percent, which is pretty darn good for a poll.

www.queensu.ca/cora/_files/mendlesohn_e.pdf

and methodology of polling is not always easy: How can we distinguish a ... tion
can represent the whole of that population if the sample is sufficiently ... random
digit dialing (RDD) or use of the most recently published ... being, “accurate to
plus or minus three percentage points,. 19 times out of 20,” but what does this
mean?

www.fallacyfiles.org/readpoll.html

Moreover, every news outlet is trying to scoop the others by being the first to
correctly ... A poll, such as this one, which people voluntarily take online, is just as
good at ... the sample randomly from the population, or to weight it in order to
make it ... What this means is that one can have confidence that in 19 out of 20
such ...