Students learn the art of survey-taking in Hawkeye Poll class

Not often do college students get the chance to make headlines with a class assignment, but that's what happens in the Hawkeye Poll class offered by the University of Iowa Department of Political Science. The class is an introduction to the mechanics of creating a public opinion poll-including survey design, sampling, and question wording-and provides students with a critical understanding of how polls work. It's also a hands-on learning experience: Students design and execute the Hawkeye Poll itself, writing the questions and helping call the more than 13,000 registered Iowa voters in the sample through the university's Iowa Social Science Research Center.

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