• 2019 Harkness Student Paper Award
    Deadline is January 18, 2019!

    The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) request submissions to be considered for the Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award, as part of the program for WAPOR’s annual conference in 2019. This award is given in memory of Dr. Harkness, distinguished cross-cultural survey methodologist, who passed away in 2012.  The award is open to current students (graduate or undergraduate) at the time of the submission or must have received their degree during the 2018 calendar year.

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  • 2018 WAPOR Election Results

    WAPOR sought to fill two offices in elections this autumn: the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee and Vice President/President-Elect. With a 41.4% turnout, Timothy Johnson was elected Vice President/President-Elect, and Janet Streicher was elected Chair of the Professional Standards Committee,  and will serve on the 2019 WAPOR Council. 

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  • Newest Version of Freedom to Conduct Opinion Polls Available!
    A 2017 Worldwide Update

    WAPOR is pleased to announce that the newest version of the Freedom to Conduct Opinion Polls is available. This is the 6th report in this series, which began in 1984. The main themes of the study have remained the same, with a focus on national poll embargoes prior to elections, restrictions on conducting and publishing exit polls, awareness and conformity to professional codes and guidelines, and evaluation of overall poll quality and problems in conducting polls. 

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  • WAPOR Colonia
    17-19 October 2018

    WAPOR Latin America is making preparations for the 8th Latin American Congress, “Public Opinion and Democracy,” which will be held 17-19 October 2018 in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. 

    For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.waporcolonia2018.com.

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  • WAPOR and CSDI
    Papers presented on 3MC research

    The International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation (CSDI) was founded in 2002 in Brussels at a meeting of researchers active in cross-national or cross-cultural survey research. The main goal of CSDI is to improve comparative survey design, implementation and related analysis. The annual workshops provides a forum and platform for researchers involved in research relevant for comparative survey methods.

    Current WAPOR president Claire Durand, former WAPOR president Tom W. Smith, and current WAPOR Standards Chair Timothy Johnson presented papers at the 2018 CSDI meeting in Limerick, Ireland.

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WAPOR is an international professional association whose members recognize the centrality of public opinion in shaping and serving society. arrow down
WAPOR's Mission
We emphasize the importance of conducting scientifically sound public-opinion research
and how this information can be useful to society and its various publics

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.


Promote the knowledge and application of scientific methods in this objective.


Assist and promote the development and publication of public opinion research worldwide.


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 including 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. We also 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. 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. You can find more information about this initiative here.