Random, stratified sample phone poll and online survey
During the week of May 14, 2018, the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies called a random, stratified sample of registered voters in District 86. Public Opinion Strategies called landline and cell numbers until they reached the representative demographic makeup of District 86. Those called were asked to answer questions about the Community Task Force recommendation reviewed by the Board in April 2018. The findings from the scientifically significant phone poll were presented to the Board at the June 4, 2018 meeting.
While the online survey gave the community the opportunity to provide input, the responses only represent the views of the respondents. The responses cannot be extrapolated to the District 86 community as a whole.
Unlike the online survey conducted the first week of May and open to anyone with the survey link, the findings from the phone poll are scientifically significant and can be extrapolated to the District 86 community. To better understand how random sampling works, please view this informative video produced by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank, about random sampling on a national level.