Are Opinion Polls Useful?
By Ralph Nafziger
Professor of Journalism, University of Minnesota
(Published January 1946)
- How accurate was the old way?
- How widespread is their use?
- How many are questioned?
- How is the sample set up?
- How are the questions phrased?
- What kinds of questions are asked?
- How are interviewers trained and supervised?
- Does chance enter in?
- Are the differences significant?
- How U.S. Public Opinion in Prewar Shifted in Response to Events Abroad
- What’s public opinion to a democracy?
- Do elections tell enough?
- Do polls stimulate discussion?
- What value are pre-election polls?
- Are polls reaching new fields?
- What influence have they?
- Do they help load the bandwagon?
- What do studies reveal?
- Is the public always right?
- Is the minority important?
- Have polls a place in government?
- How can leaders arouse interest?
- What kind of discussion meeting is best?
- Handbooks to help discussion leaders
- Questions for discussion are important