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From the reading that Ive been doing on polling it seems that everything has some effect on the results It seems like most of the polling biases come from the question and the questioner If the question leads you to think about something else whether it be positive or negative it can change the results of the answer If the person conducting the poll has an opinion of the question they can shape the outcome Also the gender of the person conducting the poll can change the answer Also sometimes if people arent completely sure they might just say whats on the top of their mind without giving it any serious consideration Even something as minute as the time of day can effect a poll If you call between 530 and 900 you leave out everyone that has to work during that time Many people dont really want to take the time to answer polls so the results only come from those who are willing to participate In order to remove the bias pollsters have adopted many new polling techniques They try to conduct most of their polls over the telephone so they dont have physical contact with the person they are polling This is good because then any preconceptions about race or lifestyle are not brought into play It is a disadvantage sometimes because you rely on the person on the other end of the line to provide accurate information about themselves or they might answer differently depending on whether or not its a man or woman asking the questions Also with telephone polls they use a random number generator to get phone numbers This is good because it provides the most random group of phone number but at the same time it can provide numbers of people who may be very indifferent of the subject or do not speak English well enough to answer the question Pollsters try and arrange the questions so
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