• WAPOR 2024 Annual Conference: Call for Papers and Paper Awards Nominations
    Three days till the deadline!
    WAPOR 2024 Annual Conference: Call for Papers and Paper Awards Nominations

    WAPOR 77th Annual Conference will take place on July 28-31, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. The 2024 WAPOR conference will be conducted in conjunction with the 7th Annual Conference of the WAPOR Asia Pacific Regional Chapter. The 2024 WAPOR annual meeting will be hosted by Survey Research Center at Sungkyunkwan University and co-organized together with the Korean Sociological Association, the Korean Association for Survey Research, KOSSDA-Korea Social Science Data Archive and the Institute of Social Development and Policy Research at Seoul National University, and PMI. The 2024 conference will be conducted in person. NEW submissions deadline February 29! Submissions link: https://2024-wapor-conference.events.wapor.org. Learn more about the available paper awards: https://wapor.org/events/annual-conference/current-conference/available-paper-awards/

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  • Letter from WAPOR President (February 2024)
    Learn about the latest WAPOR developments!
    Letter from WAPOR President (February 2024)

    February 22 was the date when our new Council first met, and February 29 will be the deadline for submitting abstracts for our WAPOR 77th and WAPOR Asia Pacific (WAP) 7th Joint Annual Conference, due to be held from 28 to 31 July in Seoul. When you read this letter, it should be very near the deadline, if not just after. At the time of writing this letter, we already have 125 submissions, and we are expecting some last-minute rush. In case you encounter any problem, or would need a little more time to get things organized after our online platform is closed after a grace period, please email us at waporoffice@gmail.com and we will try our best to help. I really hope to see our Seoul Conference live up to its aim of soul searching, involving as many members and friends as possible. This will only be possible if all of us will work hard together to make it happen, in the coming few months. If any reader of this letter has any new idea, please do not hesitate to let me know, in whatever way you prefer.

    Other than making my conference call, before I write off, I would like to share with you the following important news:

    From our last Council Meeting (without overlapping other parts of this letter)

    • As of February 18, WAPOR has 399 members, plus 4 Friends of WAPOR, 3 organizational members, and 24 chapter-only members. We thus have 436 persons/friends/organizations in our WAPOR Community, representing an increase of 53 over the last month.
    • WAPOR Archive has already been launched at https://wapor.org/resources/wapor-archive/ and 780 documents have been uploaded.
    • WAPOR Policy on Requests Regarding Threats to Polling and Ethics Code Violations was re-confirmed by the Council and the document will be uploaded onto our website.
    • WAPOR is recruiting an IT and Administrative Assistant working anywhere in the world at 50% loading to support the Secretariat, initially for 6 months and renewable upon mutual agreement. Renumeration is expected to be $1500-$2000 per month depending on skills and experience. The primary area of competence has been identified as web design, social media, associational membership, and other IT knowledge and skills. We hope members can recommend good candidates to the Secretariat.
    • First time ever, thanks to the effort of the Professional Standards Committee, WAPOR has compiled a National Representatives Report, comprising 100 individual submissions which can be grouped into regions like those in the Freedom Report. More analyses are being conducted and the final report will be presented at our Annual Conference.
    • In the area of publication, our Publications Committee has set new goals to develop new ways to increase WAPOR’s voice in the public opinion research community. Among other tasks, it will work closely with the Regional Chapters and National Representatives to support their websites, publications, blogposts, and general promotion [...]
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  • Comparative Cross-National Surveys in Afrobarometer
    WAPOR webinar in February 2024
    Comparative Cross-National Surveys in Afrobarometer

    Next WAPOR webinar takes place on February 29, 2024. Boniface Dulani, Director of Surveys at Afrobarometer, will speak about the Comparative Cross-National Surveys in Afrobarometer. Chase Harrison(Harvard University, USA), Chair of WAPOR Education Committee, moderated the discussion. Attendance is free of charge. 

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  • WAPOR Archive
    Explore WAPOR materials collection
    WAPOR Archive

    WAPOR archive is the new initiative of the Association where we collect and open to the membership various conference and information materials, documents. Opened in January 2024, WAPOR archive comprises 776 documents (for starters) and will be further populated by the Secretariat. We invite all members to share your conference materials and presentations by submitting them for uploading to the WAPOR archive. The current archive collection includes ESOMAR/WAPOR Guide to Opinion Polls and Published Surveys; WAPOR Code of Professional Ethics; ESOMAR/WAPOR Freedom reports; WAPOR annual and other reports and statements; WAPOR newsletters and WAPOR news published in IJPOR; messages shared via WAPORnet; materials from WAPOR webinars; programs and presentations from the WAPOR annual and regional, thematic, and chapter conferences; resources previously collected by WAPOR on Covid 19, Ukraine and Russia public opinion.

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  • ESOMAR-WAPOR Freedom Report 2023
    This report covers the landscape for polling in 157 countries
    ESOMAR-WAPOR Freedom Report 2023

    This report covers the landscape for polling in 157 countries, making it the most extensive global review by these organizations. Practitioners in the 157 countries provided information about government laws and regulations concerning the freedoms to conduct polls and publish polling results, regulation of the industry, polling methods, the role of international associations and guidelines, the quality of media coverage of polls, and the availability of training for pollsters and journalists. There are both positive and negative findings in this latest ESOMAR/WAPOR study on the Freedom to Conduct and Publish Opinion Polls, the largest and most global of this series of studies, which began in 1984. The new study has more respondents, more question topics, and more information than ever before about the status of polling in the world. 

    The positives:

    • There is more awareness and understanding of international codes and guidelines. For some guidelines, awareness has doubled from what it was in 2017. But conformity with the codes is still lacking among many pollsters.
    • Evaluations of the methodological quality of published opinion polling are generally high. In only 13% of countries is it considered of somewhat or very low quality (in Latin America and Asia Pacific Oceania one in five countries see low quality polling).
    • Technological changes have helped make polling easier, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought some positive benefits to polling, along with the expected negatives.
    • Professional associations that can address complaints about polls exist in only 30% of countries. While that is up from 24% in 2017, it is still smaller than the number of countries where a government body regulates polling [...]
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WAPOR Membership includes:

  • Subscription to the International Journal of Public Opinion Research
  • Reduced registration fees at WAPOR events
  • Access to a library of training seminars and materials
  • And more

WAPOR is an international professional association whose members recognize the centrality of public opinion in shaping and serving society.

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.

Regional Chapters

Members of WAPOR may organize into regional chapters with the aim of furthering the general purposes of WAPOR. You can read more about the regional chapters here.