Here’s why people don’t trust pollsters
At the end of January, we released the results of a poll about school choice issues, Oklahomans favor various methods of giving parents more control over their child’s education. The poll tested various methods of providing parents with more choice in their child’s education, which is an issue before the state legislature this session. It used straight forward language, simple explanations, and did not try to change the opinions of poll respondents during the interview.
Plus, we released the question wording and question order, the methodology used, and even exceeded minimal disclosure requirements, as set out by the AAPOR, with a Call Disposition and Rate Calculation Report, which few pollsters in the nation ever release.
A similar poll conducted by the Tarrance Group, a national firm used by Governor Mary Fallin and U.S. Senator James Lankford, found similar results to our poll.
Then along came this poll from Public Opinion Strategies (POS) that was released on Monday. Needless to say, it’s results were the opposite of what the Tarrance poll and ours both found.
So why the difference in results?