Mini Poll: A Poll About Polls


Have you ever gotten a telephone call at home from a pollster or survey researcher?


Yes:
 91%
No:
 9%

 


Have you ever agreed to be polled?


Yes:
 82%
No:
 10%
I haven't been called:
 8%

 


Was the most recent phone poll you received about a political candidate or issue, or for a consumer product/commercial service?


Political candidate/issue:
 63%
Product/service/radio station:
 26%
I haven't been polled:
 10%

 


What is the longest you have ever remained on the phone answering a poll or survey?


A few minutes, at most:
 29%
About ten minutes:
 39%
About twenty minutes:
 15%
About a half hour, or longer:
 5%
I have never participated in a phone survey:
 12%

 


Which of the following ways of contact is most likely to convince you to participate in a survey?


Automated phone call:
 3%
Live phone call:
 35%
Door-to-door:
 2%
In-person solicitation in a public place:
 6%
E-mail:
 36%
Tweet or Facebook request:
 3%
Finding it on a website:
 5%
A letter in the mail:
 10%

 


Do you think most people generally tell the truth to political pollsters?


Yes:
 81%
No:
 19%

 


How about you? Would you most likely tell the truth to a political pollster?


Yes, to the best of my ability:
 73%
Yes, more or less:
 18%
Yes on the substantitive questions, but I might fudge on my age or income:
 4%
Nope:
 5%

 


Are you more likely to answer questions truthfully from a caller who seems to be of your race or ethnicity?


Yes:
 5%
No:
 6%
It doesn't matter:
 89%

 


Are you more likely to answer questions truthfully from a male or from a female caller?


Male:
 2%
Female:
 5%
It doesn't matter:
 93%

 


Be honest now. Do political polls ever influence whether or not you vote?


Yes, I am more likely to vote if the polls show my candidate really needs my vote to win:
 10%
Yes, I am more likely to vote if the polls show my candidate is going to win:
 1%
Yes, I am more likely to stay home if my candidate is going to lose:
 1%
No, polls do not influence whether or not I vote:
 88%

 


Did our saying "be honest" in the previous question make you think about answering a different way?


Yes:
 7%
No:
 93%

 


Have you read or heard much about political polls in the US Senate race in Missouri this year?


Yes:
 62%
No, not very much:
 21%
No, not much at all:
 18%

 


Do you think that the candidates now ahead in the polls in Missouri races for the US Senate and US House of Representatives will win on Election Day?


Yes, all of them:
 23%
Not all of them:
 75%
No, none of them:
 2%

 


How often do you check the source and methodology of the different polls you read or hear about?



Always:
 10%
Sometimes:
 55%
Never:
 35%

 


Which of the following sources of political polls do you think are generally the most likely to be accurate?


Polls conducted by the mainstream media:
 18%
Polls conducted by the campaigns themselves:
 5%
Polls conducted by university political science departments:
 73%

 


How often do you forward the weekly MayorSlay.com poll to your friends (or enemies) or Tweet a link to it?


Always:
 1%
Often:
 8%
Hardly ever:
 21%
Never:
 57%
I haven't thought of it before, but I will this time:
 12%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.