Your group will complete a Public Opinion Survey Project over a period of time, making several interim reports along the way. During the course of the Project, a short questionnaire will be devised, a method of polling will be decided upon, a poll will be taken and the results tabulated, analyzed and presented to the class.
Questions may deal with controversial issues, but they must be in good taste.
The class will consider all the questions that were compiled by the groups and choose three questions that will be asked by all groups, along with the target population.
Each group will also explain how it plans to obtain a random sample. It will also include a critique of that method's shortcomings.
Note that there will not be a lot of time between the time the data is collected and the date that the final report is due. It would be wise to start preparing the final report while the data is being collected, leaving until the data is collected only those parts that actually depend on the data.
Two separate sets of results should be included. One analysis should be done using only the data obtained by your particular group. A separate analysis should be done lumping together the data obtained by all the groups.
In a separate section, each group will also determine the sample size that would have been needed in order to obtain confidence intervals with a margin of error of 2% and confidence level of 95%.
At the same time, each group member will separately submit his or her own reflections on the polltaking process, along a confidential, annotated estimate of the percentage contribution of each group member.
Each group will make a brief (5-10 minute) presentation of its results to the class.