CommentaryNovember 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls

Methodology ReportsNovember 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls; Republican Vote Share Bigger in Landline-Only Surveys

A new analysis of Pew Research Center pre-election surveys conducted this year finds that support for Republican candidates was significantly higher in samples based only on landlines than in dual frame samples that combined landline and cell phone interviews. The difference in the margin among likely voters this year is about twice as large as in 2008.

CommentaryOctober 13, 2010

Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update

CommentaryMay 20, 2010

Assessing the Cell Phone Challenge

PublicationsDecember 21, 2009

Current Decade Rates as Worst in 50 Years

As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years. This stands in stark contrast to the public’s recollection of other decades in […]

CommentaryJuly 9, 2009

Accurately Locating Where Wireless Respondents Live Requires More Than A Phone Number

CommentaryJune 25, 2009

Perils of Polling in Election ’08

CommentaryDecember 18, 2008

Calling Cell Phones In ’08 Pre-Election Polls

CommentarySeptember 23, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

CommentaryJuly 17, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

Methodology ReportsMay 22, 2008

Research Roundup: Latest Findings on Cell Phones and Polling

Methodology ReportsJanuary 31, 2008

The Impact Of “Cell-Onlys” On Public Opinion Polling

Summary of Findings The proportion of Americans who rely solely on a cell phone for their telephone service continues to grow, as does the share who still have a landline phone but do most of their calling on their cell phone. With these changes, there is an increased concern that polls conducted only on landline […]

CommentaryJune 20, 2007

How Serious Is Polling’s Cell-Only Problem?

According to government statistics released last month, nearly 13% of U.S. households cannot now be reached by the typical telephone survey because they have only a cell phone and no landline telephone, and the share of Americans who are cell-only is increasing rapidly. To monitor this problem, the Pew Research Center conducted four studies in […]

Methodology ReportsJune 20, 2007

What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population

CommentaryJune 20, 2007

What’s Missing from National RDD Surveys? The Impact of the Growing Cell-Only Population

CommentaryOctober 26, 2006

Cell-Only Voters Not Very Different

Methodology ReportsOctober 26, 2006

Cell-Only Voters Not Very Different: Fewer Registered, More First-time Voters

Methodology ReportsMay 15, 2006

The Cell Phone Challenge to Survey Research

Summary of Findings A growing number of Americans rely solely on a cell phone for their telephone service, and many more are considering giving up their landline phones. This trend presents a challenge to public opinion polling, which typically relies on a random sample of the population of landline subscribers. A new study of the […]

CommentaryNovember 23, 2004

Pre-Election Polls Largely Accurate

Lessons From Campaign ’04