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How Political Polling Works

News broadcasts and Web sites are filled with polls detailing public opinion on everything from the president's job performance to stem cell research. But who selects the people who respond? And what do the numbers mean?


The Ultimate Political Gaffe Quiz

The Ultimate Political Gaffe Quiz

Political gaffes can be funny, but also kill careers. See if you remember about some of the biggest blunders in political history at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Ways the U.S. Has Kept Citizens From Voting

10 Ways the U.S. Has Kept Citizens From Voting

From Poll taxes and literacy tests to ID laws, the U.S. has long-restricted citizens' right to vote. Learn some voting barriers at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The U.S. Presidential Also-Rans Quiz

The U.S. Presidential Also-Rans Quiz

The road to the American presidency is littered with hundreds of also-rans — many forgotten. How many can you remember in this HowStuffWorks quiz? See more »

The U.S. Presidential Debates Quiz

The U.S. Presidential Debates Quiz

How much do you know about the history of U.S. presidential debates? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates Quiz

2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates Quiz

Hopefuls are hitting the campaign trail in a fiercely debated bid to be the U.S. President. Take our quiz and find out how much you know! See more »

Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College?

Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College?

Why does the U.S. have an electoral college? Find out how the Electoral College system works and why the U.S. uses it. See more »

How Independent Voters Work

How Independent Voters Work

Independent voters do not align with one of the two major political parties in the U.S. Learn about independent voters and their politics. See more »

Top 10 American Political Dynasties

Top 10 American Political Dynasties

American political dynasties include the Rockefellers and the Bushes. What are 10 of the most successful political dynasties? See more »

Votes for Women: The Women in Politics Quiz

Votes for Women: The Women in Politics Quiz

Women becoming actively involved in politics is a relatively new development. Test your knowledge of the state of women in politics with this quiz. See more »

American Politics in Souvenirs and Slogans

American Politics in Souvenirs and Slogans

Election memorabilia are now cultural artifacts. See pictures of election memorabilia from years past. See more »