Political Poll Essay

1207 Words5 Pages
My fourth topic should be familiar with majority of Americans because this method is prevalently used in American politics. The question that is posed in this topic is, discuss the nature of political polling. Be sure to discuss terms such as random sample and margin of error. What should the public look for in determining whether a poll is accurate? Political polling is a very primal methods that candidate utilize to see where they stand with the American public. Around election time weather local or national one would notice several polls being conducted and evaluated. Political polls usually give us Americans a preview of who would most likely win the election; conversely, political polls can be incorrect as well so it definitely can…show more content…
Businessdictionary.com state that margin of error is an “Analytical technique that accounts for the number of acceptable errors in an experiment. The margin of error is put into place so that an individual can review results and then determine the level of accuracy of the experiment by taking this + or - margin of error into consideration. A smaller margin of error indicates trustworthy results and a larger margin of error means the results are not considered as accurate.” If a poll does not have a margin of error associated with it, the poll would not be a credible source of information and should not be used to validate someone because there is no proof that the poll is accurate. So if one is watching the news and a poll comes in, not only that poll should be considered but the margin of error should be considered as well. Political polls have different types of ways of being conducted including but limited to random sampling. According to Ehow.com, “In a random sample, respondents are chosen based on ratio. Names and phone numbers are chosen from a list; these are counted off on a predetermined ratio (every fifth person or every seventh person). A specific number of respondents is chosen in order to represent the entire population of a selected…show more content…
It literally reduces America’s options and it creates a bias society. My fifth topic will focus on the effects of media consolidation and will also focus on the questions that follow. Discuss media consolidation. What is it? Outline the main concern some have when it comes to media coverage? Are the critics right or wrong? Initially, media consolidation according to ehow.com “refers to the concentration of ownership of news, information and entertainment sources in the hands of fewer and larger corporations as well as cross-ownership of multiple media outlets in a single market. The extent of media consolidation differs across industries and within specific national and local contexts. Advocates of media consolidation contend that it benefits consumers by improving the quality and diversity of content, while critics charge that it has the opposite effect, endangering democracy.” The concern that me and many Americans share is the fact that media consolidation is not the correct path for us Americans to walk on. Media consolidation will broadcast bias news on our television, media consolidation will brain wash majority of Americans, and media consolidation will in fact danger our democracy. Why? One may ask. Well if news is being reported by one corporation, they will broadcast what they think needs to be broadcast and not show the big picture. If they were several corporations
Open Document