The survey results are in, but do they say anything meaningful?
We are often presented with surveys that claim to show how we all think on a certain subject. But how many people do you need to ask for that finding to have have any convincing meaning?
Former South African President Jacob Zuma sings at the ANC National Conference in December.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma's bad behaviour damaged his image and the ANC's.
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New research has shown how easily online polls can be manipulated.
Canberra has asked for a national postal vote on marriage reform - could a sample survey be a better option?
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Australians will be asked to complete a voluntary, non-binding postal vote on marriage reform. Wouldn't it be easier - and cheaper - to do a sample survey instead?
As soon as broadcasters began to focus on policy the gap between the two parties began to close.
The media obsesses over every twitch in these lines.
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The media is obsessed with who is winning, at the expense of serious policy debate.
Piece of mind.
Your guide to when to pay attention to them and when to beware.
Don’t panic: An international survey finds concerns about fake news are overblown.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough is chairing a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia.
Neither Galaxy Research nor the Institute of Public Affairs think-tank discussed the most interesting data they garnered from polling on free speech and reform to Section 18C.
Union workers supporting coal energy (right) face off against environmentalists in Pittsburgh, 2013.
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Most Americans care about the environment, but they didn't vote that way this year. Two political scientists urge the movement to build better connections with blue-collar workers and immigrants.
Pollsters seemed to grow reflective as the night wore on.
Many pollsters are now eating humble pie.
Still in the balance.
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Polls got it badly wrong in the last general election. Here's another way of gauging public opinion.
As the opinion polls remained tight between the two major parties, there were costly gaffes this week from both sides.
Malcolm Turnbull digs up potatoes with farmer Eric Coleman while Barnaby Joyce leans in for a smell.
Mark Textor, the Liberal pollster, has raged against the modern addiction to polls, in an article this week that shows he can indeed walk both sides of the street, as insider and observer.
Malcolm Turnbull receives a lick during a visit to the Port of Eden on the NSW south coast on Monday.
Finally, Clive Palmer has formally put a full stop to his personal political career, announcing on Monday he won’t be running for the Senate. Palmer United Party (PUP) will still field Senate candidates…
Australia’s system of compulsory voting makes the pollsters’ job much easier than under voluntary voting.
Final pre-election Australian polls have usually been accurate, at least on primary votes.
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It's often a case of 'lies, damned lies and statistics' when it comes to many surveys and opinion polls.
Citizens’ juries are one mechanism to draw on informed public opinion to guide policy.
It is claimed 'tough on crime' policies reflect public opinion, but a properly informed public, via models such as citizens' juries, is likely to arrive at different views on prison and its alternatives.
Without official polls, we’d be reduced to reading cakes for clues.
I really thought we might make it. We’d got past the publication of YouGov’s potentially constitution-changing poll showing a minuscule lead for the Yes campaign without anyone grabbing for an easy headline…
Who is flagging?
Just a few short weeks ago, it looked as though it was clear who was going to win the Scottish independence referendum. Although the polls persistently disagreed with each other as to how far it was behind…