Polls: Random Representative Sampling Essay

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Having a large sample size in a survey does not assure accurate statistics. What really matters is the sample diversity. For example: you wanted to find out how many of your workmates watch football, it would be foolish to only survey the men in your office and assume that the statistic applies for all the company’s employees. In order to get accurate statistics, you would have to expand the survey to include the female employees and the workers in other company offices.
In the example above, the survey needed not only to be expanded but diversified. By including the women and other workers, you make the statistics more accurate because it represents the TV watching habits of ALL the company’s employees. However, if the company is very
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Around 47 percent of people thought that the government acted correctly most of the time. About 38 percent of responders thought that the government only did the right thing some of the time. Only 1 percent of the responders disagreed with the government’s actions all the time.
3. Which response was given by the largest number of the respondents to the poll? Many people took the middle ground and stated that the government did the right thing most of the time.
4. "There are few people who never trust the government in Washington." According to the poll's results, is this a valid generalization? Explain your answer. That generalization is valid, so long as the polls results are accurate. The poll’s results say that only 1 percent of people think that you can never trust the government. As long as that poll is accurate, so is the generalization.

Part 3
1. Review the CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll of September 8–11, 2005. How many sampled adults say they would vote for a woman for president? A surprising amount of adults, 86 percent, said that they would vote for a qualified woman president.

2. Locate the CBS News Poll for December 9–10, 2000. How many respondents think vote-counting needs to be made more accurate? 80 percent of the respondents believed that vote-counting needs to be more accurate.

3. Scan down to CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll March 9–11, 2001. What percentage of

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