Author Archives: Oleh Iwanyshyn

About Oleh Iwanyshyn

Oleh Iwanyshyn has been involved professionally with surveys from the mid-70s when he started as a methodologist at the Institute for Behavioral Research at York University. Later, while at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation his focus shifted to media and election surveys. He now runs his own survey research company, ViewStats Research, established in 1997 and specializing in online surveys. How surveys are used in public information has been his interest from day one.

Why U.S. polls are better at predicting election results

Why are American polls more successful in predicting election results than Canadian polls? The question isn’t merely an attention-getter. Soon there will be general elections held in Quebec, Ontario, and nationally. Polls, as usual, will play a big role in how the … Continue reading

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The Vilification of Québec’s Charter of Values by English Media and Opinion Polls

In its condemnation of Québec’s Charter of Values as an attack on Canada’s religious freedoms, English media have vilified not only Premier Marois and the Parti Québecois, but also millions of Canadians both in Québec and across English Canada who … Continue reading

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How Polls Have Demonized Federal Deficits – Part II

In Part I of this article we examined how a highly respected newspaper like the New York Times employs biased polling questions to arrive at the questionable conclusion that the public is in favor of austerity measures to cut deficits.  … Continue reading

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How Polls Have Demonized Federal Deficits – Part I

Recent polls suggest that a majority of Americans have bought the austerity argument that deficits are bad for the economy and need to be eliminated.  However, a closer look reveals this conclusion is unwarranted. It appears the poll questions are … Continue reading

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These eleven articles, originally published on iPolitics, will be reposted on this blog with section headings consistent with the earlier posts. In the meantime you can access the complete articles by clicking on the titles. Thanks for your patience.

How polls demonized federal deficits (Part Two) By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 9, 2013 10:13 am | 0 Comments In part one of this article we examined how a highly respected newspaper like the New York Times employed biased polling … Continue reading

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Pollsters use leading questions to manipulate the uninformed

While critics have admonished pollsters and the press for disseminating inaccurate portrayals of public opinion on important national issues, they have generally ignored perhaps the most serious and intractable problem in this endeavour — a poorly informed American public. Polling … Continue reading

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Searching for Accuracy in Election Predictions: More Regulation of Polls or More Competition?

Lately, contradictory election polls seem to be as common as contradictory political messages during election campaigns. Contradictory polls The recent provincial election in Ontario is a good example.  During the campaign poll results were all over the map .  In … Continue reading

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Can media be trusted to accurately report polls?

Reassurances from pollsters on the accuracy of results are suspect due to an obvious conflict of interest.  They’re marketing their product. The press also has a conflict of interest.  Media organizations often commission these polls.  Can you remember the last … Continue reading

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Raising the Debt Ceiling: a Nation Divided, or Is It Just the Polls?

Polls have not done a good job of communicating public opinion in the debt ceiling debate.  In fact, they made a bad situation worse. Creating the perception of a divided public The polls would have you believe that half of America … Continue reading

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Do Polls Work?

In an article posted on June 17, 2011 on the iPolitics website, Frank Graves, head of the polling firm EKOS , attempted to explain why his final poll failed so badly in predicting the Conservative majority in the 2011 Federal … Continue reading

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