The Voter's Guide to Election Polls

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Appendix A
Standards
for Disclosing Information
about the Methodology
of Public Polls

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH (AAPOR)

Code of Professional Ethics and Practices

We, the members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, subscribe to the principles expressed in the following code. Our goals are to support sound and ethical practice in the conduct of public opinion research and in the use of such research for policy and decision making in the public and private sectors, as well as to improve public understanding of opinion research methods and the proper use of opinion research results.

We pledge ourselves to maintain high standards of scientific competence and integrity in conducting, analyzing, and reporting our work in our relations with survey respondents, with our clients, with those who eventually use the research for decision-making purposes, and with the general public. We further pledge ourselves to reject all tasks or assignments that would require activities inconsistent with the principles of this code.

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Office of the Secretariat, Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48106. Telephone: 734-764-1555; fax: 734-764-3341. There is also a Web site at http://www.aapor.org.

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