[lit-ideas] interaction of polls and public opinion

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 19:21:58 -0400

Is there any research into how publicizing polls alters the outcome of future polls?

If people watch televised poll results that indicate 30 percent of the public believes X, will that cause an upward shift in the percentage who believe X? Is there a critical polling mass (50 percent? 60 percent?) when a polled opinion about X multiplies itself? And how does the frequency of publicizing polls alter future polled opinion?

I bet John McCreery knows something about this.

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