Polling Project

Before you get started with the project here are a few key terms that you need to know.

Benchmark Survey-A campaign poll that measures a candidate’s strength at the time of entrance into the race.

Trial Heat Survey-A campaign poll that measures the popularity of competing candidates in a particular race.

Tracking Polls-Campaign polls that measure candidates’ relative strength on a daily basis.

Push Poll-Campaign tactic that attacks an opponent while pretending to be a poll.

Exit Poll-Interviews of voters as they leave the polling place.

The Project

The first part of the project is for you to find an example of each of the polls and surveys listed above.  You may only use a source one time.  Example, you may not use the gallup website for more than one.  Some places to look are: GallupNew York TimesCBS NewsPBS NewshourUSA Todayare just a few.  There are many newspapers and other news sources that run polls.  The exit poll may be from a previous presidential election.

The second part is for you to create a series of polling questions related to a school topic.  Such topics may be longer lunch, later start time, etc.  You will create a question for each type of poll and survey listed above.

When you have completed the project email your finished project to lwaddell@tuhsd.k12.az.us