I am indebted to my colleagues, friends, and students for the generous support and helpful advice received while writing the Dictionary of Polling. There are several people who I wish to thank individually.
Margaret DeGrange, my "home editor" and typist par excellence, who aided me enormously in pulling together the manuscript, detecting my innumerable errors, and somehow magically turning it all into "the book."
Anita Alleman and Louise Morgan, friends and Penn State secretaries, who kept track of me while I was keeping track of the book.
Dr. Robert Bresler, Penn State Harrisburg colleague, friend, and Head, Division of Public Affairs, who provided support and encouragement through the project.
Dr. Christopher McKenna, a Penn State Harrisburg colleague offered many valuable ideas and suggestions which have found their way onto these pages.
Penn State Harrisburg's Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Howard Sachs, supported an early version of the project.
Berwood Yost, Director of Penn State's Survey Research Center and polling colleague, read major sections of the manuscript and supplied many useful constructive ideas.
Mildred Vassan, Political Science Editor at Greenwood Press, had the prescience to "acquire" the book. Mim was immensely helpful in suggesting format changes and other editorial improvements.
Penny Sippel, Production Editor at Greenwood, had the practiced skill to pilot it through all the esoterica of production, and the endless patience to deal with the glitches and hitches that came up along the way.
Lastly, I wish to thank the scholars and practitioners of polling whose intellectual legacy inspired this book. Only before you become a book author can you hold the naive idea that authors "write" books. Perhaps authors write