Polls and Political Glossary

Mixed Mode Survey : Using multiple ways, or modes, of gathering data for a single survey or questionnaire.

Mode: A way to conduct a survey. Ex: Face-to-Face, Internet, Phone, Mail.

Poll: To record the opinion or vote of.

Polling: The act of conducting a poll.

Registered Voter: A person who is eligible to vote.

Respondent: A person who replies or responds to another.

Sample: A smaller, more manageable version of a larger group. Used when population size is too large to survey.

Survey: A method of research used for collecting information from a predefined group of respondents.

Weighting: Each sample is attached a value, or weight, that is used to obtain an estimate of population total.