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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How Do You Conduct Your Polls?

Rasmussen Reports collects data for its survey research using an automated polling methodology.  Survey questions are digitally recorded and fed to a calling program that determines question order, branching options, and other factors. Calls are placed to randomly-selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographic representation. 

To learn more about the specifics of our polling procedures, consult our methodology page

Where Can I Send My Ideas For a Poll Survey? 

We always appreciate you taking the time to share your ideas with us.  If you have insight on a poll or article we’ve done, or ideas you’d like us to consider for a future survey, drop us a line at info@rasmussenreports.com.  We’ll gladly pass the suggestion along to our polling and editorial staff accordingly.

How Can I Sign Up To Participate In A Rasmussen Poll?

The most important aspect of conducting a statistically reliable and unbiased public opinion poll is that the respondents must be randomly selected.  Therefore, it is impossible to sign up for our polls.  That said, we hope that if we contact you to take a Rasmussen Reports survey, you will have the time to do so. In the meantime, we'll also be keeping our readers in the loop on any new developments as we look to expand upon the methods we use to survey.

Do You Poll Cell Phones?

While we do not currently call cell phones directly when conducting our surveys, to reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview a demographically diverse panel. Just like our telephone surveys, respondents for this approach are selected on a random basis to insure the reliability of the sample. As a result, you cannot sign up to participate.

What Is The “Political” Class Referenced In Your Polls?

The Political Class/Mainstream Index is based on three questions.  For further insight, please reference this article, to which we habitually link when we refer to the Class.

Why aren’t your Congressional ratings surveys broken down by the House and the Senate?

While political activists often focus on the difference between House and Senate, most Americans do not. This is borne out it survey data and reflects the fact that voters are skeptical of Congress regardless of which party is in control.

Why Do The Percentages of Some Polls Equal More Than 100%?

It’s possible for a poll to be slightly over or under 100% due to rounding. For example, if poll results to a particular question were 40.6%, 35.7%, and 23.7% they would be reported as 41%, 36%, and 24% for a total of 101%. It is also possible for rounding to yield a result that totals 99%.

Why Is It That Rasmussen Reports Surveys And Those Conducted By Other Organizations On The Same Topic Or Political Race Sometimes Produce Varying Results?

Every poll has its own DNA, if you will, and every aspect of it influences the results it achieves.  Oftentimes, the difference is in the sample it surveys, adults vs. likely voters.  Other times, subtle differences exist in the way the questions are asked.  We recommend you look closely at how each poll you’re comparing differs in order to assess for yourself why the results may be polarized or similar.  For more on the differences in polling techniques, you can also reference Scott Rasmussen’s commentary on the subject here.

Does Rasmussen Reports Do Paid Polling?

Rasmussen Reports does not do commissioned surveys.  When we get requests to do so, which happens frequently, we refer people to Pulse Opinion Research, a separate company that licenses polling methodology developed by Scott Rasmussen.  POR does all of the fieldwork for Rasmussen Reports.   Over the years, that company and its predecessors have provided services to an array of businesses, special interest groups and political parties.  In the political arena, Pulse has rendered its services to campaigns for all parties, with slightly more revenue coming from Democrats than Republicans.  For more information about Pulse, log on to www.pulseopinionresearch.com.

Is Rasmussen Affiliated With a Political Party?

Rasmussen Reports is an independent polling firm.  We do not endorse any political parties or special interest groups and do not receive funding from them.  We make our money through selling sponsorships, subscriptions and advertising.  Additionally, Rasmussen Reports does not contribute to candidates or political parties. 

Is Rasmussen Associated With Media Outlets?

Rasmussen Reports is an independent media organization that acts as a resource for a variety of broadcast, print and online press outlets. Our information is cited by journalists, researchers, analysts and educators across the globe.  We welcome the opportunity to forge media partnerships with content exchange, with strict guidelines to assure we maintain our independence as a pollster.

In your Senate Balance of Power and Electoral College tables, what determines whether a candidate or party is safe, leans or is a toss-up?

Rasmussen Reports has created a scale to determine where a state falls on the political scoreboard. The scale takes into consideration the point difference between candidates, results from 2008 elections, and the incumbent party.

How Do Your Select The Columnists You Post on the Website?  How Can One Comment About Their Work?

We want to provide our audience with a full spectrum of opinions and analyses in addition to the news we report.  Along with our our own polling content, we feature a number of syndicated columnists on our Web site to give readers a variety of perspectives on topical issues.  In the political arena, we intentionally feature writers from "both sides of the aisle."  As we state clearly at the end of all of those articles, "Views expressed in this column are those of the author, not those of Rasmussen Reports." We have no say in the topics or content of any of these columns but merely choose the writers from syndicates that offer such articles and freelance submissions. 

At the end of each commentary article, we typically indicate the syndicate that distributes the columns in the copyright language, i.e. COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM

Comments or questions about these columns are best directed to either the syndicate or the writer. 

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