The paper " Tony Abbott Overtakes Kevin Rudd as Voters Favored Leader as Labor Sinks to 33pc by Shanahan D" is a perfect example of an article on politics. The article touches on polls conducted by Newspoll in relation to the most preferred candidate in Australia for the seat of the prime minister. The article focuses on the two main contestants for the seat, one being the prime minister while the other is the leader of the opposition. The poll tries to determine which of the two candidates’ stands a chance of winning the election should it be done at the time of collecting data.
The poll achieves this by asking participants various questions in relation to the two main contestants. Using the data collected the polls indicate the most preferred candidate among the two, which is presented in a tabular chart. Therefore, based on the methods adopted in the poll which is through telephone calls, the poll adopted a quantitative approach. Additionally, the fact that the poll tries to determine or prophesy events that are likely to happen in the future indicates that the research method adopted is indeed quantitative.
This is attributed to the fact that quantitative researches try to determine the occurrence of events that are yet to happen. However, in order to determine this event data which is quantitative in nature is the most preferred data. Therefore, in relation to the survey conducted the data collected by telephone is quantitative in nature whose main intention is to determine the most preferred candidate. Data collection Being an election poll it was necessary for the survey to collect data that is relevant and corresponding to the intention of the polls.
The survey collected data by contacting individuals through their telephone numbers. The individuals collected were selected randomly, which tries to maintain the integrity of the polls. This can be attributed to the fact that by selecting the individuals randomly, it ensures that the individuals are not supporters of one of the individuals. This is because if that was the case then it would mean that the polls do not, in reality, portray the right picture of the minds of individuals within the country.
However, this method of data collection could also compromise the integrity of the polls. This can be attributed to the fact that individuals possessing phones in the country has risen in recent years and is not confined only to individuals who are above eighteen years. Therefore, this means that there is a possibility that individuals contacted could be under the age of eighteen years. This means that there is a possibility that some of the views collected belong to individuals who under the law do not have the capacity to vote.
Therefore, this could compromise the integrity of the polls that were conducted and there is a possibility that the polls do not portray the situation on the ground. Additionally, despite the polls being conducted randomly, the number of individuals contacted does not in a real sense represent the whole population of Australia. This is because the size of the sample of 1116 which the survey uses in conducting the polls is quite small compared to the population of Australia. Therefore, it is quite possible that the views portrayed by the survey do not necessarily represent the views of the country as a whole in relation to who is their most preferred candidate.
ReferencesSHANAHAN, D (2013). Tony Abbott overtakes Kevin Rudd as voters' favored leader as Labor sinks to 33pc. The Australian.