Writing:Polling information (ballot measures)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to add polling information to a state ballot measure article.
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A successful polls section on Ballotpedia:

  • Gives you concrete data about how local residents feel about a candidate or issue.
  • Gives reader quick and accurate information.
  • Gives the reader up-to-date information about public opinion.
  • Formats information in a well organized, clear and concise manner.

Measure article

Below are guidelines for adding polling information to ballot measure articles. Such information is added in a section called "Polls." This section is generally featured below the "Support and Opposition" sections. Use {{ballot measure help}} as a guideline for the order of components.

How to

Step 1 Find information about the poll. This is usually found in news articles and will usually lead you to the official pollster website.

Step 2 Obtain the information needed to create this section:

  • Pollster name
  • Results (Yes, No, Undecided)
  • Number of people polled
  • Location
  • Type of survey
  • How the question was phrased
  • Margin of error
  • Dates conducted
  • Who commissioned the poll

Step 3 You may want to write a summary if this makes the poll clearer. Place correct references in the summary if referencing a ballot measure. Place references in chart if referencing candidate elections.

Example:

  • A poll of Santa Clara residents conducted by Survey USA during January 1-4, 2010, commissioned by the local CBS station, showed that 54 percent stated that they oppose the city's plan of using funds from redevelopment money, hotel room tax and the city utility tax for a stadium, and 40 percent favor using public money to pay for a portion of the new proposed stadium. The poll surveyed 500 Santa Clara citizens and the margin of error was reportedly plus or minus 4%.
  • Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, surveyed 500 registered Massachusetts voters between September 12 and September 15, 2009, and found that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley held a significant early lead in a head-to-head contest with her Republican opponent, Scott P. Brown. The polling data, however, was heavily skewered against Brown. Of the 500 registered voters who took part in the survey, 39% identified themselves as registered Democrats and 44% as independents. Only 15% indicated they were registered Republicans.

Step 4: Put info into chart and format chart using correct wiki codes and add poll legend.

Example for ballot measure articles:

California Proposition 46 (2014)
Poll Support OpposeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Field Poll
6/26/2014 - 7/19/2014
58.0%30.0%12.0%+/-2.61,535
The Field Poll
8/14/2014 - 8/28/2014
34.0%37.0%29.0%+/-4.8467
Hoover Institute Golden State Poll
10/3/2014 - 10/17/2014
34.0%37.0%30.0%+/-3.651,273
The Field Poll
10/15/2014 - 10/28/2014
32.0%49.0%19.0%+/-3.41,536
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll
10/22/2014 - 10/29/2014
42.0%42.0%14.0%+/-2.91,537
AVERAGES 40% 39% 20.8% +/-3.47 1,269.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Step 5 Update polls.

  • Update polls accordingly and make sure to implement a timeline for notable measures to see if more polls were conducted leading up to the election.

Example

See example article: California Proposition 46 (2014)

This entire section may appear as follows:

==Polls==
::''See also: [[Polls, YEAR ballot measures]]''
* Summary about poll<ref>[ref goes here]</ref>
<table style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; width: 242px; border: #99B3FF solid 1px">
</table>
{{Poll template name goes here}}

Poll overview page

In addition to being featured on the measure article, the poll should also be added to the overview page.

(EXAMPLE: Polls, 2013 ballot measures).

See Ballot measure polls by year.

Add the poll to the relevant section depending on the status of the measure (on the ballot, proposed, not on the ballot).

Add the link the link to the ballot measure article and poll template.

Example:

===Alaska===
====Measure 4====
:: ''[[Alaska Bristol Bay Mining Ban, Ballot Measure 4 (2014)]]''
{{AlaskaMeasure42014Poll}}

Which would appear as:

Alaska Bristol Bay Mining Ban, Ballot Measure 4 (2014)
Alaska Measure 4 (2014)
Poll Support OpposeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benenson Strategy Group
5/13/2014 - 5/15/2014
62%33%5%+/-4.0600
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Poll chart wiki-code

if a template does not currently exist, you'll want to copy the code below to the new template and add the relevant poll data.

Poll template naming conventions generally are as follows:

  • State name
  • Measure number or descriptive name
  • Year

Example: {{ AlaskaMeasure42014Poll}}

Single poll

{{Poll
|Title=
|Poll1=
|Date1=
|Response1=
|Response2=
|Response3=
|Response4=
|Numberpolled1=
|Margin of error1 = 
|Response1Poll1% = 
|Response2Poll1% = 
|Response3Poll1% = 
|Response4Poll1% = 
}}

Minus the notes in parentheses, this would appear as:

STATE Measure # (YEAR)
Poll Support OpposeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
POLL NAME
DATE START - DATE END
45%40%15%+/-5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Multiple poll

{{Poll
|Title=
|Poll1=
|Date1=
|Poll2=
|Date2=
|Response1=
|Response2=
|Response3=
|Response4=
|Numberpolled1=
|Numberpolled2=
|Margin of error1 = 
|Margin of error2 = 
|Response1Poll1% = 
|Response2Poll1% = 
|Response3Poll1% = 
|Response4Poll1% = 
|Response1Poll2% = 
|Response2Poll2% = 
|Response3Poll2% = 
|Response4Poll2% = 
}}

(Above: space included to show both polls)

This would appear as (note the second poll does not include "winnercolor" because neither position reached 50% or more):

STATE Measure # (YEAR)
Poll Support OpposeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
POLL NAME #1
START - END
48%45%7%+/-5500
POLL NAME #2
START - END
48%49%3%+/-4750
AVERAGES 48% 47% 5% +/-4.5 625
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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