Michael L. Young's dictionary defines the most important terms in contemporary public opinion research. About 400 words mark out the field, words needed if one wants to understand the language of polling and to claim literacy in the field. This reference is designed for professionals working in the survey research field, for pollsters and those who produce polls, and for students and scholars concerned with public opinion. Journalists, political professionals, elected officials, and federal, state, and local officials will also find this guide to practice and usage in the field extremely valuable. A general introduction assesses the key literature dealing with polling, and a longer bibliography appears in the back of the book. The key terms are arranged alphabetically and a general index enables readers to trace subjects, themes, and ideas discussed under the various entries.
MICHAEL L. YOUNG is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. He is the author of The American Dictionary of Campaigns and Elections (1987) and The Classics of Polling (1989) and active as a pollster, media analyst on radio and TV, and consultant to the private and public sectors. Currently he is also Associate Director of the Institute of State and Regional Affairs on the Penn State/Harrisburg campus.