Polls Are Accurate Representations of Fact and Public Opinion, Poll Says
By Peter Coburn
WASHINGTON—A recent poll shows that, after decades of controversy, it has finally been established that polls effectively convey public opinion.
In recent years, multiple media outlets have called into question the usefulness of polling data as a way to make decisions. It is claimed that polls sample too small a population to show public opinion. Even if polls quizzed a larger percentage of the population, public opinion doesn’t necessarily show fact. However, it appears that these thoughts have been proven wrong.
A public opinion poll conducted in November by Truth In Polling Group has provided some new data. The poll shows that 92% of people believe polls to be accurate sources of public opinion and fact. Only 5% believed this to be untrue, with 3% refusing to answer.
“This is groundbreaking,” said Gerould R. Lobouski, a journalist at The New York Times. “There is no longer a question that polling data is effective—the poll data says so.”
Not all are satisfied with the results of the poll. Sociologist Nathan Landon of The Political Fact Institute had a different view of the data, stating, “It doesn’t matter what the polling data shows if the concept of polling data is flawed.”
Landon’s remarks went unheeded, as he lacked the appropriate polling data to back up his statement.