Deliberative Polling

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Methodology developed by Professor James S. Fishkin

URL = http://www.la.utexas.edu/research/delpol/


Description

"Since polling forces people to vote on something they don't really know too much, the data may be statistically accurate, but is not necessarily the best way to promote a democratic system. Deliberative polling takes a diverse group of people, forces them to discuss the issues in small group, in large groups, small groups, over and over again for a fairly lengthy process until everyone has a pretty good idea of the issues and a balanced and educated position. Polls are conducted through the process to track how people's opinions change. Afterwards, many of the people who have participated become much more active citizens." (http://www.la.utexas.edu/research/delpol/)