"Deliberative Polling" Shows Boise Residents
Willing to Change Opinions
Boise-area residents remain open to reconsider their political
views even weeks before the November election - given
the right environment and information.
After 117 Boise-area residents gathered Saturday to hash
out issues on national security and economics, their collective
political view softened on a central election-year issue:
Because they were selected through random sampling, Boise-area
residents invited to PBS Deliberation Day matched the
demographics of the area, but those who chose to participate
in the event tended to be somewhat better educated and
disproportionately Democratic and supportive of Sen. John
Kerry for president than the larger sample.
met in small, moderated discussion groups before quizzing
a bipartisan panel of experts to help clarify the issues.
Each participant took a survey by phone during the selection
process and then again after Saturday's event to see what
people think after they have had a chance to learn, reflect
and consider a range of opinions with their neighbors,
a technique called "Deliberative Polling."