Welcome to the website of the World Association for Public Opinion Research!

Welcome to WAPOR!

WAPOR is an international professional association whose members recognize the centrality of public opinion in shaping and serving society. We emphasize not only the importance of conducting scientifically sound public-opinion research, but also how this information can be useful to society and its various publics.

As our constitution notes, WAPOR’s mission means it strives to:

“a) promote in each country of the world the right to conduct and publish scientific research on what the people and its groups think and how this thinking is influenced by various factors;

b) promote the knowledge and application of scientific methods in this objective;

c) assist and promote the development and publication of public opinion research worldwide; and

d) promote international cooperation and exchange among academic and commercial researchers, journalists and political actors, as well as between the representatives of the different scientific disciplines.”

WAPOR advances its mission through various efforts – for instance, studies of election polling and infringements on polling; regional and international conferences; white papers, press releases, and workshops; and our refereed journal, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. With the American Association for Public Opinion Research and ESOMAR, WAPOR has collaborated on an international effort to train journalists interested in understanding and reporting on public opinion research.

WAPOR will be meeting jointly with AAPOR in Austin, Texas for our 69th annual conference during 10-12 May 2016. Registration is now open and the preliminary program is available. We are looking forward to a very exciting and diverse program and of course meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with old friends. We are also working on a number of very exciting conferences to be held in Moscow, Russia in September (information to follow), the VII Latin American Congress in Monterrey, Mexico in October, and Barcelona, Spain in late November. Please check back on our seminars and events page for more information as we have it.

Today’s study of public opinion today is not only more geographically diffuse, but also more innovative. No longer do we rely solely on face-to-face or telephone or self-administered surveys. Today we deploy a host of methods and analytics to understand how to study attitudes and behaviors, and we engage in a rich ongoing conversation about how best to collect data and maintain data quality. With these new tools, we learn about the nuances of what “citizenry” means across the globe – not just in advanced democracies, but in many other types of systems, whether we call them “democratizing states” or “frontier nations.”

With its various manifestations, public opinion is a fertile area for research today. We look forward to tackling questions related to the substance and methods of public opinion, and we look forward to working with you.

All the best,

Patricia Moy, President

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Upcoming Conferences and Seminars:

WAPOR 69th Annual Conference
Austin, Texas (USA)
10-12 May 2016
Registration now open!
Final Program Available

WAPOR Regional Conference
Survey Research and the Study of Social and Cultural Change
Moscow, Russia
September 15-17, 2016
Call for Papers (due May 10)

WAPOR VII Latin American Congress
Monterrey, Mexico
October 12-14, 2016
Call for Papers (English)
Call for Papers (Español)
Call for Papers (Portugués)
Congress Website

WAPOR Regional Conference
Political Trust in Contemporary Representative Democracies
Barcelona, Spain
November 24-25, 2016
Call for Papers (due July 1)

Updated version of the WAPOR Code of Ethics:
Click here to view the updated code

Past Press Release:

WAPOR Press Release: LINCOLN (Nebraska, USA)
Statement on interviewers lynched in Ajalpan, Mexico
English version
Spanish version

News Available:

Who’s Afraid of Election Polls?
by Wolfgang Donsbach

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