About the Poll: This poll was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer.
Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided
by Survey Sampling, of
Fairfield CT. All respondents heard the questions asked identically.
The pollster's report includes the geography that was surveyed; the date(s) interviews were conducted,
the number of respondents who answered each question and the theoretical margin of sampling error for
each question. Where necessary, respondents were weighted using the most recent US Census estimates
for age, gender, ethnic origin and region, to
align the sample to the population. In theory, one
can say with 95% certainty that the results would not vary by more than the stated margin of sampling
error, in one direction or the other, had the entire universe of respondents with home telephones been
interviewed with complete accuracy. There are other possible sources of error in all surveys that may
be more serious than sampling error. These include: the difficulty of interviewing respondents who do
not have a home telephone; the refusal by some with home telephones to be interviewed; the order in
which questions are asked; the wording of questions; the way and extent to which data are weighted;
and the manner in which specialized populations, such as likely voters, are determined. It is difficult
to quantify the errors that may result from these and other factors. Research methodology, questionnaire
design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of
Clifton, NJ. This statement
conforms to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.