ERIC Number: ED381431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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The Televote Experiments: How Students Help Citizens Develop Informed and Deliberated Public Opinion.
Becker, Theodore L.
This paper reviews the experiments done over the past 20 years with Televote, a generic term referring to voting by telecommunications (telephone, computers, etc.) As a method of public opinion polling, it is highly innovative and responsive to many of the criticisms often levied against public opinion research. The researcher describes work at the University of New Zealand and in Los Angeles. His personal research involved students conducting a content analysis of newspapers as to determine what the most important topics of concern were for a specified time period. The students and professors then interviewed via telephone for responses to survey questions. Approximately 380 Televoters were interviewed on any given topic. Of the 17 students who comprised the initial Televote staff, 15 replied to an anonymous questionnaire on the value of this interactive polling practice. Televote experiments demonstrate that public opinion polling in this manner delivers an informed, deliberate public opinion, and is a valuable experiential learning approach when used in the university setting. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. (New York, NY, September 1994).