How the AP-GfK poll on taxes was conducted

AP News
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 7:49 AM

The Associated Press-GfK poll on President Barack Obama and the economy was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Jan. 29-Feb. 2. It is based on online interviews of 1,045 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

The original sample was drawn from respondents recruited by telephone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to participants who do not already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise could not access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish.

As is done routinely in surveys, results were weighted, or adjusted, to ensure that responses accurately reflect the population's makeup by factors such as age, sex, race, education and phone use.

No more than 1 time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all adults in the United States were polled.

There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.

The poll had a cooperation rate of 48 percent.

The questions and results are available at