It is important to remember that although polls, statistics, and demographic information are separate concepts, the general public often uses them interchangeably. This guide will link you to all kinds of numerical data about people.
A poll is a type of survey or inquiry into public opinion through interviewing a random sample of people. When you want to use public opinion in your research, think about the following:
Do you need opinion that is current or historical (such as when the event occurred)?
Whose opinion was documented? Who was left out? Does this have an effect on the outcome?
What was the purpose of collecting this information? Was it to inform or persuade?