Survey Research, Its New Frontiers and Democracy

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: Scott Keeter

Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center

Venue: 67th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research


05/24/2012 - Presidential Address delivered by Scott Keeter
Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center
at the
67th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research
Orlando, Florida
May 18, 2012

(The views expressed in this speech are those of the author).

I am honored to have this opportunity to address the 67th annual conference of AAPOR, an organization I have loved since I first joined in 1986.

For those of us in the business of studying the attitudes, behaviors and experiences of the public, these are the best of times and the worst of times.

Never before in history has so much information about the public been so readily available for us to study and analyze. The world is getting flatter, traditional authorities are losing power, and people are gaining the ability to organize and act without a hierarchy to propel and guide them. In this changing world, information about what people do, what they think and what they want is more critical than ever.

But the institutions dedicated to measuring what the public thinks, experiences and does are undergoing significant change - and much of this change is not good. At the same time, our trusted methods for gathering information are encountering serious challenges, as we all know too well.

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Read the full speech, Survey Research, Its New Frontiers and Democracy, on the Pew Research for the People & the Press website.

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