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Statistical Information Research Guide: Polls
and Surveys

Polls & Surveys

Special Interests and Bias: Know Who and Why

Special interest groups post statistical data.

Critical information consumers pay attention to the sources of information.

As you examine sites for your own area of interest, check into:

1. Authority: Says who? Who is authoring the information? Is there potential for bias?

2. Purpose: What is the purpose of the information source--to inform or to influence?

When you consider using a .org website, find out about the organization behind it.

Examples of reputable sites dedicated to social justice:

The Century Foundation

The Heritage Foundation.  Poverty and Inequality

National Center for Children in Poverty.

Rural Poverty Portal

Results: The Power to End Poverty