Royals on the nose in poll


  1. How do you think the poll was undertaken?
  2. How might different polling methods produce different results?
  3. Considering that 2,092 people were polled from a population in excess of 58 million, how reliable are the results?
  4. How would the selection of those surveyed effect the results?
  5. How could the reliability of the poll be improved?
  6. Could there be any difference in the poll results if the questions had been worded in a different manner?
  7. Can the subheading 'NOT "RELEVANT" Britons are not impressed with the Queen and her family' be justified by the article?
  8. Why do you think that Scotland, Wales and London had the strongest support for abolishing the monarchy?
  9. If only England were polled, how would this effect the results?
  10. If you had all the results from the poll would this tell you any more than the article does? If so, why?
  11. If you wanted to do a survey that showed high acceptance of the royal family, what sectors of British society would you poll?
  12. Could such factors as weather or day of the week affect the outcomes of the poll? If so, why?
  13. Is this article using the poll results for a purpose different from that for which it was commissioned? If so, is this justified or not?
  14. If the poll were undertaken just before or after a major royal event, like a wedding or coronation, how do you think the results would be affected?

(Written by Keith Kennedy-Tyson, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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